Thursday, December 3, 2009

International Day of People with a Disability

In celebration of International Day of People with a Disability on December 3, I went along to a film screening of The Boys Are Back from the acclaimed director of Shine, Scott Hicks, starring Clive Owen, and inspired by a true story.

The screening was part of the Access All Areas Film Festival, presenting a program of Australian Features and Shorts across NSW, visiting Griffith, Wagga Wagga, Orange and Sydney. All films are audio described, captioned and wheelchair accessible, with introductions and Q&A sessions Auslan interpreted. The festival demonstrates how easy it can be to make cultural life accessible to all.

You must see this flick!! It gets 7.5/10 rating on the Internet Movie Database, and made me cry at the beginning and the end – learning a few life lessons on parenting along the way. It was really special to see a fully accessible screening, put on for free by the
Access All Areas Film Festival organisers. It was preceeded by a panel discussion on how to enhance accessibility and inclusive practices in the film and TV broadcast industry, especially for those with sensory and auditory disabilities.

The Boys Are Back is a deeply moving, wryly confessional tale of fatherhood, which intimately evokes both the fragility and wonders of family life. It follows a witty, wisecracking, sportswriter (Oscar nominee Clive Owen) who, in the wake of his wife's tragic death, finds himself in a sudden, stultifying state of single parenthood. And, it’s out now in cinemas!


Pearl Lee
Development Manager
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia

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