Sydney Film Festival’s Screenability returns, showcasing the exciting work of filmmakers with disability

Community, Consumers, Disability June 5, 2019

Mable supports true representation of disability in media, and as such we’re proud to work with the Sydney Film Festival to promote the Screenability program.

Screenability is one of a number of initiatives by Create NSW designed to boost the participation of underrepresented groups in the industry. The program will also feature the World Premiere of the three films that have been created with the support of the Screenability Film Fund.

Sydney Film Festival’s Screenability Guest Programmer, Sofya Gollan said of the program:

“These films have been created as the most distinct representation of who we are; a filmmaker exploring how becoming blind has reshaped his life’s work, a young woman who defies an assessment of zero IQ to become a published poet, and how a man’s obvious physical disability doesn’t stop him making an omelette or crashing his car. These films are boldly breathing new life into the  disability genre.”

The films will run as part of the 66th Sydney Film Festival which takes place 6 – 16 June at multiple locations across the city. Click on the links below to watch the trailers or purchase tickets:

My Name is Daniel – Brazilian filmmaker Daniel Gonçalves shares his journey to seek a diagnosis for his disability in this honest, often humorous documentary.

Sandgirl – An award-winning and beautifully animated journey into the creative world of Veronika Raila. As a child her IQ tested as zero – she now creates as a poet and cross-platform artist.

Vision Portraits – Award-winning US filmmaker Rodney Evans contemplates his loss of vision, as he meets fellow artists and seeks to understand the way they too, deal with a loss of sight.

Magnetic – Bella walks the fine line between mental illness, creativity and identity, as her road to diagnosis jumps from cured to complicated.

A Matter of Time – A confronting and dynamic film following five teenagers as they juggle school while trying to cope with their own personal hardships.

Deluge – Three spirited women (played by Sophie Lowe, Kayla Donaldson and Sky Wansey) usurp a religious commune.

Prone to the Drone – Sam, a lonely introvert stuck in the darkness of his home, is confronted with a problem when two young boys drop a drone in his backyard.

Vivid Ideas and the Sydney Film Festival Present Meet the Filmmakers: Screenability Program

In an exclusive one-off event, filmmakers from the Screenability program will be joined by the star of Breaking Bad, RJ Mitte, as he hosts a free Meet the Filmmakers talk alongside guest programmer Sofya Gollan, Create NSW’s Screen Investment Manager. The panel will discuss authentic representation in film.

Where: HOYTS Entertainment Quarter
When: Saturday 15 June at 4:00pm
Cost: The event is free of charge.

For more information on this special event, visit the Sydney Film Festival website.

If you’re interested in attending a screening and would like some support, search the profiles of independent support workers on the Mable platform and connect with them directly. For a faster way to find flexible, affordable support, you can post a job and see who’s available in the area on the day you need.