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Gabby Ferro reviews Chris Tally Evans’ 'Turning Points' / 13 September 2012

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Chris Tally-Evans 'Turning Points' is shot against a stunning Welsh landscape and explores those moments when our lives change for the better.

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When you visit Chris Tally Evans’ Turning Points website you get a sense of what inspired him to make the film. You can also watch a few clips that are featured in his artistic film. The film focuses on life-changing events in disabled peoples’ lives. Each story is told accompanied by a thematic set of images.

For instance Lynn Street’s story is set when she was a young girl in a school for people with visual impairments. She talks about a visit from a local boys’ boarding school and her heartache as the boy she likes tells her that he only came on the trip to her school to avoid a trip outside in the rain. From then on she felt that: “because of my impairment, I wasn’t to expect fun.”  She describes her turning point in 2008 and her resolution to at last be free to have fun. Her story is set to images of the beautiful countryside. The Pippa Dee dress she described herself wearing when she met the boys from the boarding school is laid out in various different landscapes.

Chris Tally tells a fantastic story, about a social worker, which you can also see on the turning points website. When he became visually impaired a social worker told him he would need to leave his family for a few months to ‘retrain’ his brain. He said he realized he was going to be sent away to expect a second class life; to be a helpless compliant disabled person. Chris’ tale of his turning point is inspiring as he was able to find strength to stand up to this social worker and carry on to achieve his goals.

The striking images are powerful, but stronger still is the strength of the narrators’ stories. They all illustrate how they were all able to turn discrimination and individual self doubt on their head and to come out on top, was what stuck with me. I would recommend you all to visit the turning points website as you too can share your individual turning point, as the website is also about sharing stories. This really illustrates for me what a wonderful thing Chris Tally Evans’ doing, which is to bring disabled people together through art and story telling.