Portrayal on Screen: I am Sam (2002)

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Portrayal on Screen: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

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Portrayal on Screen: The Sessions

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Portrayal on Screen: Mozart and the Whale

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Portrayal on Screen: Portrayal of Disability: Me Too (Yo Tambien)

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Portrayal on Screen: Freaks (1932)

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Freaks (Dir. Tod Browning, 1932) Banned for many years, when analysed the film is very sympathetic to the disabled people who work at the circus as curiosities, clowns and in the ‘freak show’ and who form a tightly knit and supportive community. At 16, Browning had left his well-to-do family to join a travelling circus: he drew on his personal experiences for Freaks. Cleopatra the trapeze artist is an object of admiration of diminutive Hans, she plays along with his infatuation hurting his short statured fiancée Frieda.
When Cleopatra learns that Hans has a great inheritance she conspires with Hercules , the Strong Man, marrying Hans and then poisoning him. When the disabled circus performers find out they deal with both of them with a violent end killing Hercules and deforming Cleopatra. Prior to this, oblivious to the plot against Hans at the Wedding Feast the disabled performers ( played by disabled people and real circus performers) try to accept Cleopatra as normal by passing a wine goblet round the table saying “ We accept her. One of us. Gooba-gobble, gooba-gobble”. Cleopatra is appalled at this thought and reveals her true feelings. This said the cinematography often shows the disabled people as frightening. And the film was unhelpfully lumped into the horror genre.

Profile of Hopes: Robert David Hall by Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

November 6, 2015 by admin

Emmy award winning “Profiles of Hope” features CSI actor and Musician, Robert David Hall, who talks about overcoming physical trauma. Produced by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s Public Information Office.

In this interesting and informative Clip Robert David Hall tells of his life, his motor accident where he had both legs eventually amputated and his wish to continue performing playing many judges(sitting down) and eventually Doc Robbins, the coroner/pathologist in Criminal Science Investigation CSI for nearly all 364 episodes. He has taken forward advocacy for disabled people in the media through chairing the performers with disabilities committee of SAG(Screen Actors Guild).

See Lisa Egan’s blog on the impact this character and show has had on her as a disabled person and on subsequent TV shows.http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/lisa-egan/csi-show_b_8307652.html

Best Years of Our Lives

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This Academy Award(R)-winning masterpiece recounts the problems faced by three returning veterans after WWII as they attempt to pick up the threads of their lives. Fredric March, Harold Russell and Dana Andrews are superb as the servicemen who
Year: 1946
Director: William Wyler
Starring: Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews. Harold Russell was a double amputee with no hands while the other two had mental health issues.

Interview with deaf actress Sophie Stone

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Interview about deaf character in Dr Who played by deaf actress Sophie Stone.

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In this 7 minute preview clip made by the BBC’s See Hear programme (and shown at the weekend as part of the See Hear Sign Language Festival), you can go behind the scenes and watch Deaf actress Sophie Stone performs recording an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.

Text of interview

Disabled women at Feminism in London 2015

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