Screenability – Sydney Film Festival Shines A Spotlight On People With Disability

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The 69th Sydney Film Festival will present Screenability as part of its programme for the sixth year.

Screenability, featuring six works, places people with disability at the centre of its narrative. It has been curated by Screenability Programmer Rebecca McCormack, and features a total of six works.

Films to expect include Sundance Award-winning documentary ‘I Didn’t See You There’ and deeply personal feature ‘Straighten Up And Fly Right’ from Slamdance, alongside homegrown SXSW Audience Award-winning drama ‘Shadow’.

Also appearing in the selection are three Australian short films, selected as part of the Screenability Filmmakers Fund For Screen NSW: ‘Inspire Me’, ‘Voice Activated’ and ‘All Silent Dogs’.

Plus, for the sixth year, the festival is also maintaining its inclusion policy, with audio described and open-captioned screenings, alongside a wide offering of English-subtitled films.

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“Screenability places screen practitioners with disability at the centre of the narrative, bringing new ideas to audiences by sharing their authentic stories,” Rebecca McCormack says. “The 2022 Screenability programme showcases powerful and provocative films from local and international storytellers and will premier three innovative new shorts from our home state.”

Screenability is part of a suite of initiatives, designed to boost the participation of underrepresented groups in the screen industry – with a focus on showcasing films by filmmakers with a disability in a festival context.

“Screenability returns in full force this year providing poignant and insightful perspectives from exciting new talents with disability including NSW filmmakers Madeleine Stewart, Steve Anthopoulos and Natalia Stawyskyj,” Acting Head Of Screen NSW, David Gordon says. “‘Shadow’ features the acclaimed ensemble from Back to Back Theatre and associate producer Meret Hassanen, and the programme includes international filmmakers Steven Tanenbaum and Reid Davenport.”

Check out a sneak peek at the first films of the 2022 Sydney Film Festival.

Sydney Film Festival 2022 runs from 8-19 June.



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