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  • Dolly Sen's Blog

    Dolly Sen is a writer, director, artist, filmmaker, poet, performer, playwright, mental health consultant, music-maker and public speaker. She has published eight books since 2002; has taken on performance roles at The Young Vic, the Royal Festival Hall,

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  • Film and TV Reviews

    Dao's film and television blog focuses on portrayals of disability in the media with discussion of contemporary films and the occasional bit of television. Sarah Ismail is a freelance journalist. She blogs about disability issues at SameDifference.com. Alison Wilde has a PhD from the Centre for Disability Studies.

  • Tim Jeeves: How to Fall in Love

    An hour-long love affair, a pretend date, and a walking performance through the streets of Liverpool, 'How to Fall in Love' has been developed by artist Tim Jeeves and members of the learning disability theatre company RAWD. Follow the company's blog as they talk about the rehearsals...

  • Liz Crow's blog

    I’m an artist-activist working in performance, film, sound and text, and founder of Roaring Girl Productions (www.roaring-girl.com). Drawn to the power of creative work to trigger change, projects range from confrontational and provocative to much gentler inquiry. My blogging will be on current projects and the questions they raise in the doing.

  • Gabby Ferro

    I am a 22 year old student at Kingston University, studying an MA in Film Studies. My blog is about my interaction with film (my passion) and theatre events. Occasionally I will discuss music and trips I make to concerts, galleries and museums.

  • Alyse Garner's blog

    Alyse Garner has been reviewing film for nearly 5 years. Her blog aims to encourage debate and raise interesting questions about images of disability, adding a new dimension to the development of disability arts image analysis.

  • Transformation by Nancy Willis

    Animated art by Nancy Willis, based on 'The Explorer' by Allan Sutherland, with music by Chris Morris.

  • Video: Juan delGado presents The Flickering Darkness

    Paula Silva gives an overview of Flickering Darkness - a film installation premiered at the Chamber of Commerce in Bogota, by Juan delGado of Cremer Projects.

  • Video: Disabled Avant Garde

    Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson of the Disabled Avant Garde have published two new films satirising the current state of disability arts. Take a look and weep.

  • Oska Bright 4th International Festival of short films

    Oska Bright 2009 runs from Tuesday 17 to Thursday 19 November 2009 with different screenings each day. As well as daily screenings Oska Bright includes Master Classes, mentoring sessions, a fabulous awards ceremony and a closing party with live music. The festival kick off with an inspiring workshops for people with learning disabilities wanting to learn how to make films.

  • Interview: Noemi Lakmaier discusses her work for Shape's Animate programme

    Animate explores the rich history of Disability Arts through talks and workshops. Colin Hambrook asked visual artist Noemi Lakmaier about her plans for the second of these talks at Shape on 8 February 2010

  • Interview: Samuel Dore talks about film-making and deafness

    Samuel Dore AKA Bursteardrum has been working as a film-maker, cameraman and editor since 2000. Colin Hambrook asked him a few questions in preparation for his talk and workshop as part of Shape's 'Animate' programme

  • Profile: Accentuate

    Over the coming months DAO intends to report on a range of events taking place under the Accentuate banner. Accentuate is funded by Legacy Trust UK which is creating a cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, SEEDA and the regional cultural agencies. Screen South is the home of Accentuate.

  • 'My Song': diary of a scriptwriter

    Charlie Swinbourne gives an account of writing My Song - a seminal film directed by William Mager that premiered at Deaffest in May.

  • Preview: The Beaten by film-maker Simon Mckeown

    Written and directed by artist and film-maker Simon Mckeown, and starring Liz Carr, 'The Beaten' questions society’s attitude to care and domination.

  • Five Needles a short film by Deaf Director Julian Peedle-Calloo

    Five Needles is a short film by Deaf Director Julian Peedle-Calloo, which follows the story of four Deaf women in the concentration camps during WW2 who are hiding their Deafness to stay alive.

  • DaDa on the BBC Big Screens

    To celebrate the International Day of Disabled People on 3rd December 2011, the 23 BBC Big Screens across the UK will be showing a series of DaDa short films from 12.30-1pm.

  • News: Unlimited Global Alchemy

    Artist Rachel Gadsden (UK) and the Bambanani artist-activist Group (South Africa) explore the psychology and politics of HIV/AIDS and of life-giving medical regimes in an Unlimited commission, showing in Cambridge, Liverpool and London as part of the London 2012 Festival.

  • News: Lou Birks directs Paralympic Opening Ceremony film

    Survivor film maker Lou Birks has been commissioned to write and direct a Paralympic Ceremony opening film. The film will play to a packed 80,000 seater stadium and be broadcast around the world. Estimated worldwide viewing figures are 1.5 billion.

  • News: Experience Oska Bright International Festival - The Digital Space

    Oska Bright is the award-winning, international festival of short films made by artists with learning disabilities. Over the last decade, it has screened hundreds of films from around the world, enabling learning disabled film-makers to blaze a trail for their artform. You can now watch Oska Bright films via the on-demand channel at www.thespace.org

  • News: Online launch of DaDaFest commission 'Rhapsody for Clarinet and Wheelchair Basketball Team'

    Created by Jonathan Hering and Jack Whiteley 'Rhapsody for Clarinet and Wheelchair Basketball Team' is a groundbreaking audio-visual work, that combines music, sound design, film and sport. Commissioned by the Bluecoat, and premiered as part of DaDaFest 2012 the film has now been launched online.

  • News: Video artwork by Chris Tally Evans has been selected for VSA in Washington DC

    A short piece of video art by Chris Tally Evans, depicting one year of life on a reach of the River Wye, is among the artwork to be exhibited at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, USA this June for a prestigious VSA exhibition titled Shift.

  • News: The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) to announce Cultural Diversity Network awards 2011

    Broadcasters, producers, directors and screenwriters have been invited to nominate companies for awards celebrating creativity and diversity in broadcasting industry

  • News: Gary Thomas' The Dog and the Palace wins Inspire Mark

    Gary Thomas' new project The Dog and the Palace Film and Workshops was granted the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme

  • News: Drake Music presents In Translation: Distant Interiors

    Commissioned by Drake Music, Distant Interiors was created during March/April 2011 by three artists investigating translation and interpretation via remote, three-way collaboration

  • News: Shoot Your Mouth Off's spanking new website has gone live

    Shoot Your Mouth Off's (SYMO) spanking new website has gone live, hosting a huge range of films featuring the enormous talent of disabled people in the North East of England

  • News: filmpro presents 'COnscription'

    A multimedia installation by Caglar Kimyoncu exploring the politics of compulsory military service. Produced by disabled-led digital art agency filmpro, the work will show at the Old Truman Brewery, London from 2 May.

  • News: Welsh short film screens at the Middle East’s first ever Arts & Disability Festival
    Disabled Welsh filmmaker Chris Tally Evans is about to have his film Turning Points screened at the Middle East’s first ever arts & disability festival in Doha, Qatar.
  • News: Driving Inspiration win Hollywood animation award with ‘Light Up the World’ – a global collaboration for Paralympics London 2012

    Now in its 18th year, the 2013 International Family Film Festival was held (May 1st - 5th) at Raleigh Studios in the heart of Hollywood. Creative Bucks project Driving Inspiration entered an animation created last year and came first in the Youth Animation Class.

  • Heads Up Film Series Launches

    Heads Up, a series of films which have been produced as part of the Creative Case has been published today by Arts Council England through the Creative Case website which is managed by DAO. The 8 films feature a number of arts professionals and arts organisations who discuss their involvement with the Creative Case and what it means to them and are being released in two batches with the first four live now.  


  • News: Picture This… Oska Bright Film Festival picks up special award in Canada

    Oska Bright – the international learning disability led film festival – is to be recognised this month at Calgary’s 'Picture This' Film festival for their innovation and work to date in the international film arena.

  • News: Oska Bright: the most ‘out there’ film festival on the planet

    Oska Bright Film Festival 2013 comes to Brighton Dome in November. Oska Bright is the world’s first and only festival of short films made by people with learning disabilities that is produced, managed and presented by a learning disabled team.

  • News:Four Deaf Yorkshiremen cast rehearse new comedy!

    Inspired by the Monty Python's 'Four Yorkshiremen' sketch Writer/ director Charlie Swinbourne's sign language version for a deaf cast, became a Youtube hit in 2007. The cast of 'grumpy deafies' are now preparing for a day out in Blackpool for their third get together.

  • News: Channel 4: Does It Matter? World War 1 Shorts

    With two million British servicemen disabled by World War One, society's attitude to disability had to change. Co-produced by Artsadmin and Xenoki and co-commissioned by Channel 4 and 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, five disabled artists present unorthodox takes on the legacies of war and disability through a series of short films.

  • News: BBC See Hear Weekend 2015

    From 2- 4 October 2015, the BBC See Hear Weekend 2015 will celebrate all things in film and television related to sign language and the deaf community, led by BBC Bristol’s flagship programme See Hear. Join 'Doctor Who', 'Aardmann Animations' and Award-winning filmmaker, Bim Ajadi for a weekend of screenings and workshops at Watershed on Bristol’s Harbourside.

  • News: International artist Simon McKeown lights up Culture Night with stellar spectacle

    Up to 10,000 people gathered to see a historic riverside building brought to life with a stunning digital projection by Teesside University’s Simon McKeown.

  • News: Oska Bright Film Festival: putting learning-disability film on the map

    The Oska Bright Film Festival will host a wide range of screenings and talks including music videos, comedy shorts, animations, drama and documentary films. Running from 9-11 November at the Brighton Corn Exchange the festival is run by a team of learning-disabled film-makers keen to promote the work of learning disabled people, behind and in front of the camera.

     

  • News: Disability Arts Online commissions new video works in partnership with SICK! Festival

    Disability Arts Online (DAO) is delighted to announce that filmmakers/curators Lisa Mattocks and Sandra Alland have been selected to work with SICK! Festival as part of a Viewfinder commission to explore the artistic practice of artists engaged with the festival.

  • News: Oska Bright winners announced with help of Oscar winner

    An Oscar winning director and leading figures from the British film industry have presented awards to six learning disabled film makers as part of the Oska Bright Film Festival.

  • News: Surrey-based theatre company has transatlantic film success

    A short film by Freewheelers Theatre Company, based in Leatherhead, was screened at the UN Headquarters in New York last week as part of the UN Enable Film Festival.

  • News: Exceptional & Extraordinary: Unruly Bodies and Minds in the Medical Museum

    Unique film, dance, performance and comedy commissions draw on museum collections to explore our problematic attitudes towards difference.

  • Signdance Collective: Three Films + One

    Signdance lead the way in experimental performance with their most challenging piece of work to date

    The Signdance Collective premiered the launch of their new production Three Films + One at Holton Lee on 28 June 2008.

  • Review: Oska Bright 4th International Film Festival 2009

    Colin Hambrook catches the best of Oska Bright 2005 and 2007, plus some of the best of submissions from London and the South East on the first day of the film festival at the Old Market Arts Centre, Hove

  • Review: Lizzie Emeh - Loud and Proud

    Colin Hambrook caught up with soul diva Lizzie Emeh in Brighton for a gig at Carousel's Blue Camel Club

  • Review: Resistance; Which Way the Future

    Debbe Caulfield and three disabled friends saw Liz Crow’s 'Resistance; Which Way the Future' at The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre in Taunton on 12th and 29 March 2011. It made them think…

  • Preview: The End by film-maker Ted Evans

    Melissa Mostyn-Thomas previews a chilling new film by Deaf film-maker Ted Evans. Premiered at Deaffest, The End can be viewed on Film4, the Community Channel; on the BSLBT website.

  • Review: Oska Bright Film Festival 2011

    Colin Hambrook reviews Oska Bright 2011 - the international film festival of short films by people with a learning disability, which took place in Brighton's Corn Exchange from 22-24 November 2011

  • Review: ‘Defying Definitions: disability arts in the mainstream’

    Alan McLean attends a thought-provoking symposium produced by DaSH, at the end of a series of 'Outside In' commissions. Held at the Arena Theatre Wolverhampton, on 2 December, the day explored Dash's support of work at New Art Gallery Walsall, Oriel Davies Newtown and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

  • Review: Shape Open

    The award ceremony for the Shape Open exhibition at Portobello Gallery, last night, was a crowded affair. Colin Hambrook went along to soak up Shape’s outing into a mainstream gallery space in West London.

  • Review: My Song: a film about inclusion and exclusion

    My Song follows Ellen, a young deaf girl stuck in the middle of the deaf and hearing worlds. Scripted by Charlie Swinbourne and directed by William Mager, DAO writer Richard Downes examines the themes of inclusion and exclusion and finds parallels from his own experience.

  • Review: Deaffest 2012

    For the first time in five years, Charlie Swinbourne went to the UK's Deaf film and television festival Deaffest as a journalist rather than a filmmaker. He reviews the festival and this year's batch of films.

  • Review: Unlimited: Chris Tally-Evans presents 'Turning Points'

    Chris Tally-Evans, Unlimited commission 'Turning Points' explores the moment when people's lives change forever. Sara Mackay from Disability Arts Cymru, reviews the film, which showed at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff on 27 June.

  • Unlimited: Review: Macropolis at Belfast City Hall Big Screen

    Mic Wright experiences some sunshine on a rainy day courtesy of the premiere of Joel Simon’s Unlimited commission, Macropolis, and BBC’s Big Screen in Belfast City Square

  • Review: Superhuman at the Wellcome Trust

    Superhuman at the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, looks at the history of humanity’s desire to be more than human. But John O’Donoghue came away uneasy about the whole idea.

  • Review: Liberty Festival 2012

    Liberty was 10 years old this year. Penny Pepper was there, on 1 September, soaking up the vibes along London's Southbank, outside the National Theatre and in the BFI.

  • Review: Unlimited: Chris Tally Evans' Turning Points

    William BR Jeremy watches six epic stories told via a nine minute film which asks and answers central questions about living and leading our lives with determination and defiance

  • Review: Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet

    Currently being screened at a cinema near you, 'Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet' directed by Jason Vile, carries Independent Living messages spotted by Richard Downes

  • Review: Fox Searchlight Pictures present 'The Sessions'

    There has been a surge of documentaries and films in recent times which claim to be exposing taboos about disabled people. The Sessions is the latest in a list including 'Rust and Bone' and 'The Undateables'. Most seem to be exploitative, narcissistic and made with the able-bodied gaze says Rosaleen McDonagh

  • Review: Unlimited: an evening of film in the Southbank Centre

    'Total Permission' follows conductor Charles Hazlewood, founder of the British Paraorchestra, as he encounters the artistry within 12 of the Unlimited commissions. Nina Muehlemann went to the launch of the film at the Southbank Centre on 6 February

  • Review: SICK! Festival presents Under Observation

    SICK! Festival of Contemporary Performance Art produced by contemporary performance organisation, the Basement plays in Brighton from 1- 16 March. Colin Hambrook went along to an afternoon of durational performance and film entitled Under Observation

  • Review: All Eyes On Us by Eelyn Lee Productions and young people from the Olympic host boroughs

    'All Eyes On Us' is a short film and photographic exhibition that follows the journey of four disabled people in the run up, performance and aftermath of the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Nina Mühlemann went to a showing at the Free Word Centre, Farringdon, London on 28 February

  • Review: SICK! Festival presents Sick Notes an online archive

    Sick Notes is part of SICK!, an ambitious, cross art-form festival that seeks out new ways of talking about and dealing with the experience of sickness. Sick Notes is an online video archive of sick jokes and funny stories about illness. John O’Donoghue likes a good laugh. But will Sick Notes deliver?

  • Review: CoolTan Arts presents 'Making it Happen' at the BFI

    CoolTan Arts film project let participants explore the process any individual needs to go through to access a personal budget, by expressing their experiences of the personalisation process through their own words, filmmaking and animation. Richard Downes attended a screening at NFT2, British Film Institute on 25 March

  • Review: COnscription by Caglar Kimyoncu

    COnscription explores the call-up to military service for people who don't 'fit the mould'. The four-channel film is on show at the Old Truman Brewery, London until 18 May. Joe McConnell reviews a multimedia installation which follows the stories of four individuals who meet at a military hospital - three subjects under assessment and their doctor.

  • Review: Don’t Call Me Crazy - documentary season on BBC Three

    Don’t Call Me Crazy launches It’s A Mad World - a season of films on BBC Three looking at a range of mental health issues affecting young people in Britain today. Sarah Tonin responds with a review asking who will speak out against this kind of exploitative representation?

  • Review: All Eyes On Us by Eelyn Lee Productions at the East End Film Festival

    As the one-year-anniversary of the Paralympic Opening Ceremony approaches, Nina Muehlemann attends the public premiere of the documentary ‘All Eyes On Us’ at the East End Film Festival.

  • Overview: Common Pulse: Intersecting Abilities

    Ju Gosling reports on Common Pulse a bi-annual festival and symposium curated by Durham Art Gallery in rural Ontario, focusing on ‘important current developments that are taking place in the Canadian art and culture scene’. The theme for 2013's festival was Intersecting Abilities.

  • Review: Oska Bright Film Festival 2013

    John O'Donoghue went along to the launch of Oska Bright at Brighton's Corn Exchange. The bi-annual film festival features the work of learning disabled artists both from the UK and from international entrants. Each film has to be a short and include learning disabled artists in the film-making process. Now in its tenth year Oska Bright continues to showcase work that is innovative, striking, quirky.

  • Review: BBC One's Ripper Street

    Sophie Partridge reviews 'Am I Not Monstrous?' - episode 2 of the BBC One murder mystery drama Ripper Street, which features a fictionalised account of Joseph Merrick 'The Elephant Man' 

  • Review: Unlimited 2014 Opening event: Does It Matter? World War I Shorts

    Like the excellent opening of Glastonbury 2014 Festival’s Sunday programme with the English National Ballet performing Akram Khan’s World War I themed ‘Dust’, Unlimited Festival got into full swing with five disabled artists’ responses to the centenary of The Great War. Review by Trish Wheatley

  • Review: Unlimited 2014: Juan delGado: The Flickering Darkness (Revisited)

    Juan delGado's The Flickering Darkness is a video installation filmed at the Corabastos market in Bogotá (Columbia), the largest of its kind in Latin America. Produced during a three-month residency in the city in 2009 and re-edited for Unlimited, the project explores the journey produce sold at the market takes, from its arrival before dawn to its consumption. Review by Gary Thomas

  • Storylines: Mapping the past - a Carousel project

    Storylines is a project which brings the memories and stories of older people with learning difficulties to the public through live events which combine video projection, performance and poetry. The pilot project has been led by young learning disabled artists Becky Bruzas, Jason Eade, Tina Dickinson and Sarah Watson from the Oska Bright steering committee. Review by Alan Morrison

  • Review: DaDaFest International 2014: Sheila Hill's 'Him'

    Writer/theatre-maker and installation-artist Sheila Hill received an Unlimited research and development award to work with actor Tim Barlow to create ‘Him’. The resulting film was shown at DaDaFest 2014 as part of a session titled 'Unlimited: the Artists Voice'. Review by Liz Porter

  • Review: Ivan Riches and Simon Puriņš: 'Children of the Great War'

    Originally shown at the APT Gallery, London between 8-11 January 2015, Ivan Riches and Simon Puriņš: 'Children of the Great War' is due to go to Alexandra Palace on Saturday 7th February and every first Saturday of the month. Produced as part of a London-wide Age Exchange project the dual-screen film and digital media installation records memories and experiences of the First World War passed down through families and across communities. Review by Emmeline Burdett

  • Review: SICK! Festival: Eric Steel: The Bridge

    This year SICK! Festival has pushed boundaries by opening up debates and airing work on the theme of suicide. One of pieces shown was a documentary film by Eric Steel, which enters dark spiritual territory focusing on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, symbol of the West and of freedom and site for the highest number of suicides of any single place in the world. Review by Colin Hambrook

  • Review: CripFest 2015

    26th July 2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a key point in history for disability legislation in the USA. To mark this occasion OneOfUs, co-directed by Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser, produced CripFest, their first one-day disability arts festival with support from the British Council. Trish Wheatley was at the Bam Fisher, Brooklyn, soaking up a performance, visual arts and discussion programme sure to excite any diehard disability arts fan.

  • Review: Edinburgh Festival: Audio-description at the Unlimited Exhibition... Summerhall

    Unlimited’s first exhibition at Summerhall is a series of ambitious mixed media installations by the UK’s leading disabled artists. Chloe Phillips reviews the audio description available with the exhibits at Summerhall: on show until 5 October

  • Review: FACT, Liverpool: Lesions in the Landscape

    'Lesions in the Landscape' asks ‘How does our individual and collective memories influence our understanding of society?’ Susan Bennett reports on an exciting art/ science collaboration on show at FACT, Liverpool, which parallels the effects of amnesia on one woman and the evacuation of the inhabitants of St Kilda in the North Atlantic in 1930.

  • Review: London Film Festival Diversity Town Hall Discussion

    A year ago the BFI announced its ‘Three Ticks’ scheme, making all its Lottery-based funding conditional on meeting set diversity criteria. Joe Turnbull was in attendance for a special event which discussed the progress of the scheme, the state of diversity in the film industry and how the industry can make steps going forward.

  • Review: Oska Bright Film Festival 2015

    Colin Hambrook reports on Day One of the 7th Oska Bright international festival of short films made by people with learning disabilities  at the Corn Exchange, Brighton 

  • Review: UK Disability History Month 2015 Conference at the BFI

    UK Disability History Month takes place between 22 November – 22 December every year. With this year’s theme being Portrayal of Disability in Moving Image Media, what better place could there be than the BFI to host an opening conference addressing the subject. Joe Turnbull was in attendance. 

  • Gallery: Nancy Willis presents Transformation

    Animated art by Nancy Willis, based on 'The Explorer' by Allan Sutherland, with music by Chris Morris.

  • Gallery: Liz Crow: Bedding In, Bedding Out - a live durational performance

    Liz Crow presents her new work 'Bedding In, Bedding Out' which is one of the eight Diverse Perspectives commissions funded by Arts Council's Grants for the Arts. Drawing on audio recordings and time lapse photography of the performance, Reflections from the Bed introduces the work, its backdrop and its politics.

  • Gallery: Dolly Sen: Portugal Prints working with the Royal Academy of Arts

    As part of DAO’s Diverse Perspectives programme, funded by Arts Council England, film-maker Dolly Sen was commissioned to produce a short documentary exploring the relationship Portugal Prints has with the Royal Academy of Arts access programme. 'Greenhouse of Hearts' highlights the inspired, dynamic work that this small project is delivering.

  • Gallery: Extant present ZombieyeZ in Zagreb

    Extant Theatre's blind Zombie movie was filmed in Zagreb. Below you can follow the video diary of the heroine Helen as she joins blind and partially sighted people from across the world to take part in a Zagreb clinic’s medical trial claiming to restore sight in 24 hours. How far did they go to get their sight back? Experience the shocking outcome of Extant’s interactive online film narrative!

  • Discussion: Colin Hambrook discusses Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll - the Ian Dury biopic

    "Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll" - the biopic of the life of punk legend Ian Dury opens in London on 8 January 2010. Colin Hambrook discusses the pros and cons of choosing Andy Serkis to play the lead role.

  • Interview: Allan Sutherland talks to film-maker Stephen Dwoskin about his career

    Allan Sutherland interviews cult experimental film-maker Stephen Dwoskin during his retrospective at the BFI Southbank, London in May 2009.

  • Profile: Katherine Araniello introduces 'Meet The Superhuman: Part 2'

    Katherine Araniello introduces her latest art video, 'Meet The Superhuman: Part 2' - a wry commentary on the language of the paralympics.

  • Interview: Sue Austin talks about the impact 'Unlimited' has had on her life since her showcase of Creating the Spectacle

    Following our series of interviews on the legacy of the showcase of Unlimited commissions by disabled artists at the Southbank Centre as part of London 2012, Nina Muehlemann talks to Sue Austin about her expectations of being a part of Unlimited. What has she achieved with Creating the Spectacle? What are the artists' future plans?

  • Opinion: Alison Wilde provides in-depth comment on two recent film releases: Song for Marion and Quartet

    Themes of impairment and disability are less evident in films about old age, says academic Alison Wilde. Here she examines how their portrayal is used in character development, focusing on two recent releases with a divergent impact.

  • Juan delGado: Fluctuation in Time

    Juan delGado tells Joe McConnell about an exciting ongoing project which started in Palestine 3 years ago.

  • Interview: Jo Verrent gives food for thought on the diverse range of projects she is involved with

    Salisbury Arts Centre played host to the Personal to the Universal Symposium last month. Lynne Blackwood got to speak to Jo Verrent about diversity and doing something deliciously different every day

  • Interview: Unlimited 2014: Sue Austin talks about 'Creating the Spectacle'

    Since the first Unlimited Festival, the life and work of artist Sue Austin has undergone huge transformations. Nina Muehlemann talked with the artist to discuss the success of ‘Creating the Spectacle!’

  • DaDaFest International 2014: Art of the Lived Experiment, curated by Aaron Williamson

    Conceived by DaDaFest and delivered in partnership with the Bluecoat, Liverpool, 'Art of the Lived Experiment' runs from 8 November 2014 to 11 January 2015 as part of DaDaFest International 2014. Colin Hambrook interviewed curator Aaron Williamson about the exhibition which contains the work of 28 artists from the UK and abroad, and includes sculpture, film, installation, painting, prints and performance works. 

  • Opinion: Now+Then: 3 Decades of HIV in Merseyside: a participant’s perspective

    Now+Then is a documentary film that uncovers Merseyside’s journey with HIV from the 1980s to the present day through people’s own stories. Created specifically for the Sahir House exhibition, showing at the Museum of Liverpool Life until 8 February 2015 the film is the culmination of two years work archiving the history of HIV on Merseyside. One of the participants, Cate Jacobs writes about her experience of working with Danny Kilbride, creative director of Thinking Film

  • Preview: DaDaFest International 2014: Young DaDa Presents…

    Michelle Stubbs gives an overview of events happening in the DaDaFest young peoples’ programme at The Bluecoat and the Central Library, Liverpool from 29th – 30th November, including an account of her involvement with the making of a film about the City

  • Interview: Gary Thomas: on being an artist

    Gary Thomas is a writer, director and artist with 11 short films and 4 screenplays to his name. He’s been blogging on Dao on and off since 2010. His film installation ‘The Dog & The Palace’ won an Inspire Mark from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He shares his successes and aspirations with Dao

  • Interview: Nabil Shaban on Brecht, acting and cripping-up...

    Sophie Partridge caught up with Nabil Shaban to pose a few questions to the legendary actor currently playing Judge Azdak in a production of Brecht's 'Caucasian Chalk Circle' playing at the Unicorn Theatre, Southwark.

  • Opinion: Crips mean cash: disability as a commodity

    The media has caught on to the idea that ‘worthiness’ sells. As a result disabled people have been more prominent on tv and within the arts, yet as a group we have been getting a rawer deal since the 2012 Paralympics says, tv producer/ director Richard Butchins.

  • Promo: Amanda Lukoff: The R-Word

    Film-maker Amanda Lukoff is a triplet, one of three girls. Their older sister Gabrielle was born with Down’s Syndrome. It was the experience of people’s reaction to her sister that made her want to advocate for Gabrielle. Here she shows a trailer for a documentary she is currently fundraising for: a film about the power of words and the love between siblings.

  • Interview: Richard Butchins talks about his Unlimited R&D piece: '213 Things About Me'

    Award winning documentary maker and disabled writer Richard Butchins’ first video work '213 Things About Me' is due to be exhibited in Edinburgh as part of an Unlimited showcase by leading disabled artists at Summerhall. Colin Hambrook talked to him about the making of the work.

  • Interview: Film/TV Director Bim Ajadi on his career so far

    Award-winning filmmaker Bim Ajadi’s credits include co-directing a film for Channel 4 shown at the London Paralympic Ceremony in 2012. With a media career spanning almost 15 years, Colin Hambrook asked Ajadi about his professional journey so far and his ongoing commitment to nurturing fellow deaf talent, as he prepares to deliver workshops at the BBC’s See Hear Weekend in Bristol.

  • Interview: A clear sense of direction – Elinor Rowlands

    “When we feel inadequate, it’s because we’re not being heard” – Elinor Rowlands talks to Kate Lovell about ‘coming out’ as a disabled artist in the latest of DAO’s Viewfinder peer-to-peer interviews.

  • Review: Oska Bright Film Festival 2015 day 2 morning

    DAO’s coverage of the Oska Bright Film Festival 2015 continues with Joe Turnbull’s assessment of the Afternoon Session of Day Two.

  • Review: Oska Bright Film Festival 2015 Day 2 Evening Session

    Joe Turnbull returns to Brighton Dome for the second session of Day 2 at the Oska Bright Film Festival to see if it could live up to the highs of the morning.

  • Review: Oska Bright 2015 Day 3 Afternoon Session

    Regular DAO contributor Liz Porter attended the afternoon session of the third day of Oska Bright 2015. She assesses both the content and the access provision from a partially sighted perspective.

  • Opinion: Sick! Lab In Conversation: Launch of DAO’s Viewfinder

    Unapologetic Self-Portraits will be the first playlist to be introduced via Dao’s new Viewfinder platform later this Spring. It was previewed for two days at SICK! Lab on a continuous loop in the Contact Theatre foyer, as well as being shown in a one-off screening at SICK! Lounge. Disabled film-maker Sandra Alland reflects on the project.

     

  • Film and TV Reviews

    Dao's film and television blog focuses on portrayals of disability in the media with discussion of contemporary films and the occasional bit of television. Sarah Ismail is a freelance journalist. She blogs about disability issues at SameDifference.com. Alison Wilde has a PhD from the Centre for Disability Studies.

  • Nina Muehlemann's blog

    Nina Muehlemann is doing a PhD in English Literature on ‘positive’ representation of disability in mainstream culture and Disability Culture. In her blog, she writes about her research, about disability in the media and in art and the gap between mainstream and Disability Culture.

  • News: The Creative Diversity Network (CDN) to announce Cultural Diversity Network awards 2011

    Broadcasters, producers, directors and screenwriters have been invited to nominate companies for awards celebrating creativity and diversity in broadcasting industry

  • News: ITV launches world’s first children’s storybook app with sign languages

    ITV today announced the launch of the world’s first animated storytelling app with British and American sign language. The Signed Stories app is designed to make reading fun for all children.

  • News: Finalists in the Best Arts Project category of The National Lottery Awards 2011

    Four organisations were named as finalists in the arts category of The National Lottery Awards 2011, the annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects.

  • News: Picture This… Oska Bright Film Festival picks up special award in Canada

    Oska Bright – the international learning disability led film festival – is to be recognised this month at Calgary’s 'Picture This' Film festival for their innovation and work to date in the international film arena.

  • News: Mind the Gap actor, Liam Bairstow lands role on ITVs Coronation Street

    Bradford based actor Liam Bairstow, 28, has landed a role in the world’s longest running soap opera Coronation Street. Liam, who works with England’s largest learning-disabled theatre company Mind the Gap will be appearing in the ITV soap in the role of Cathy Matthew’s nephew, Alex Warner from September.

  • News: BBC See Hear Weekend 2015

    From 2- 4 October 2015, the BBC See Hear Weekend 2015 will celebrate all things in film and television related to sign language and the deaf community, led by BBC Bristol’s flagship programme See Hear. Join 'Doctor Who', 'Aardmann Animations' and Award-winning filmmaker, Bim Ajadi for a weekend of screenings and workshops at Watershed on Bristol’s Harbourside.

  • News: Jessica Thom aka Touretteshero to feature in BBC's Live from Television Centre

    In partnership with Battersea Arts Centre and Arts Council England, the BBC is bringing live theatre back to Television Centre for Live from Television Centre. Jessica Thom aka Touretteshero will be performing a special rendition, Broadcast from Biscuit Land alongside four other 'genre-busting' theatre pieces live on BBC Four.

  • Review: Caroline Cardus sees How to Look Good Naked... with a Difference

    Caroline Cardus reflects on the issues raised by Gok Wan's latest Channel 4 series - ‘How To Look Good Naked… with a Difference

  • Review: Are you having a laugh? TV and Disability

    BBC 2 recently aired a 55 minute documentary charting portrayal of disability on TV over the last 50 years. Narrated by David Walliams the programme looks at the journey from Ironside to Cast Offs, and from Monty Python to The Office and Little Britain. Colin Hambrook comments.

  • Review: Mental: A History of the Madhouse

    Colin Hambrook reviews a BBC documentary which tells the story of the closure of Britain's mental asylums through testimonies from patients, nurses and doctors.

  • Review: Channel 4's 'Seven Dwarves'

    Deborah Caulfield hates reality TV and really hates pantomime. She watched Seven Dwarves, a seven-part documentary, recently screened on Channel 4.

  • Preview: Deaf Teens in a Hearing World, BBC3

    On Monday 6th February, BBC3 are broadcasting a brand-new documentary about five deaf teenagers taking their first steps in the hearing world. Charlie Swinbourne previews the film.

  • Review: Rita Simons - My daughter, deafness and me (BBC1)

    This documentary about the Eastenders star Rita Simons and her deaf daughter is the latest instalment of the BBC's Beyond Disability season. Charlie Swinbourne gives us his view.

  • Review: We Won’t Drop The Baby

    Richard Downes reviews 'We Won’t Drop The Baby', featuring disabled comedian Laurence Clark and his family... and finds a four-fold joy. The documentary is part three of BBC1's Beyond Disability Series.

  • Review: BBC One's Ripper Street

    Sophie Partridge reviews 'Am I Not Monstrous?' - episode 2 of the BBC One murder mystery drama Ripper Street, which features a fictionalised account of Joseph Merrick 'The Elephant Man' 

  • Review: Sky One: The Smoke

    Sky's television drama series The Smoke presents a central disabled child character played by disabled actress Eve Smith. Having received accolades by the critics, Ju Gosling reviews the role of Grace from a disability perspective

  • Review: Oska Bright Film Festival 2015

    Colin Hambrook reports on Day One of the 7th Oska Bright international festival of short films made by people with learning disabilities  at the Corn Exchange, Brighton 

  • Review: UK Disability History Month 2015 Conference at the BFI

    UK Disability History Month takes place between 22 November – 22 December every year. With this year’s theme being Portrayal of Disability in Moving Image Media, what better place could there be than the BFI to host an opening conference addressing the subject. Joe Turnbull was in attendance. 

  • Crippen presents the Criptarts

    Crippen's latest cartoon strip takes DAO readers on an unpredictable journey with a host of disabled characters, featuring some surprising guest appearances from well known members of the disability arts community. Watch the characters develop as they grapple with many of the issues that confront us all as disabled artists, and support each other as members of the DAO extended family.

  • Opinion: Rosaleen McDonagh pouts politics as she asks where disability representation in the media is heading?

    In an overview of the current state of media representation of disabled women, with emphasis on 'Push Girls' - the latest reality tv disability makeover show on the Sundance Channel, Rosaleen McDonagh asks who has control on how we are seen? 

  • Opinion: To Wheel Or Not To Wheel? Disabled Characters in Theatre & Television

    There is still a preponderance for non-disabled actors in theatre and television to 'crip up' for disabled roles. Mik Scarlet looks at the slow emergence of disabled actors within mainstream representation and discusses the question of a disabled actor playing a character who has a different impairment to their own?

  • Opinion: Crips mean cash: disability as a commodity

    The media has caught on to the idea that ‘worthiness’ sells. As a result disabled people have been more prominent on tv and within the arts, yet as a group we have been getting a rawer deal since the 2012 Paralympics says, tv producer/ director Richard Butchins.

  • Interview: Film/TV Director Bim Ajadi on his career so far

    Award-winning filmmaker Bim Ajadi’s credits include co-directing a film for Channel 4 shown at the London Paralympic Ceremony in 2012. With a media career spanning almost 15 years, Colin Hambrook asked Ajadi about his professional journey so far and his ongoing commitment to nurturing fellow deaf talent, as he prepares to deliver workshops at the BBC’s See Hear Weekend in Bristol.

  • Interview: Jess Thom on taking Biscuit Land to the small screen

    In partnership with Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) and Arts Council England, BBC Four’s Live From Television Centre will feature a half hour slot from Jess Thom aka Touretteshero. Colin Hambrook caught up with the performer during rehearsals in the BBC studio at Wood Lane.