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News: Disability Arts Festival

Artsline, 21 September 2009, 23:25

Fun-filled, free and frank - are you ready to see disability from a different angle?
Octavia Foundation in partnership with Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea are running a FREE Disability Arts Festival from 6pm until late kicking off on the 24 September running every two weeks until the Third of December at Westbourne Studios (242 Acklam Rd, W10 5JJ).
Selected by a panel of disabled people, this unique festival will screen a variety of films, starting 6.45pm followed by a Q&A discussion at half past eight and each evening will be topped off by a performance by a disabled musician, spoken word artist or comedian.
FREE Food! | FREE Entrance! | FREE Film! | FREE Performance!
Join the likes of comedienne Francesca Martinez (featured on Extras and the Frank Skinner show), film-maker Richard Butchins who did The Last American Freak show) and many more, for a fun but topical evening we guarantee is like nothing you have ever done before!
The festival is free but places must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Only 4 tickets maximum can be booked at any one time. To book, please call 020 8354 5592 or email
Please let us know of any access requirements that you or your party has.
STAY UP LATE…. and see disability from a different angle!
Supporting the “Stay up Late” Campaign
If you need any part of this information in Braille, on audio tape or explained in a different language then please contact us on the number below
0208 354 5500 | |
 Opening Night
Thursday 24th September ‘09
Kung Fu Flid (2009) 1hour and 30 minutes
Starring Mat Fraser in the lead role, Kung Fu Flid is an
unconventional martial arts project which tells the story of Jimmy,
a thalidomide short armed kung fu star and his other half Lu,
who are trying to get their daughter back from the claws of child
trafficking gangsters who, unbeknown to them, want to fry her in
acid. At times shocking, hilarious and touching Kung Fu Flid is an
ultra violent contemplation on the meaning of life.
For the Question and Answers
Xavier Leret
Xavier Leret is a writer and film-maker who has also worked in
theatre. He was the Artistic Director (and founder) of the award
winning KAOS Theatre. Leret wrote and directed Kung Fu Flid.
Francesca Martinez
Francesca Martinez is an award winning English
stand-up comedian and actress. She has toured
internationally and she became the first Olympic
Torch Bearer to pull out of the London relay in protest
over China’s treatment of Tibet. She has cerebral palsy but prefers
to describe herself as “wobbly”.
 Thursday 8th October ‘09
“Murderball” (2005) 1hour 25 minutes
A film about paraplegics who play full contact rugby in Mad Max-style wheelchairs, overcoming unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece. In addition to smashing chairs, it will smash every stereotype you ever had about “cripples.”
For the Question and Answers
William Mager
Is an emerging directing talent currently making waves in the film industry outside of his day job as a Producer/ Director for the BBC. He is a deaf film-maker who will present his short film “Stiletto” on the night.
Heavy Load
Heavy Load are a punk outfit subject to the combustible flux of ego, ambition, fantasy, expectation and desire that fuels any emerging
band. But they’re also uniquely made up of musicians with and without learning disabilities, and pioneers of the “Stay up Late Campaign” which fights for the rights of disabled people with carers to be able to stay up late, and not rely on the working shifts of their carers.
Thursday 22nd October ‘09
“What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?”(1994) 1 hour 54 minutes
Gilbert Grape lives in Endora, a place where nothing much happens. The only time the police have anything to do is when Gilbert’s autistic brother Arnie tries to climb the watertower nearby. Focusing on the angst of an unwanted small-town life, the film follows the daily life of Johnny Depp’s Gilbert Grape.
For the Question and Answers
Maria Oshodi
Maria is a playwright and freelance writer and performer. She is director of Extant, Britain’s only professional performing arts company of visually impaired people.
Hassan Erraji
Hassan is a blind Moroccan musician; a singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist, entertainer, arranger and composer with a highly respected international reputation.
 Thursday 12th November ‘09
“Last American Freak Show” (2008) 1hour and 25 minutes
The Last American Freak Show is a documentary about a group of young disabled people and their non-disabled friends who decide to confront society’s sometimes patronising views of what the disabled can and can’t do, by using the vehicle of a traditional freak show.
For the Question and Answers
Richard Butchins
Richard Butchins is a UK journalist, photographer and filmmaker. Richard quips that he shot the film “The Last American Freakshow” single-handed: “my left arm was paralysed by polio when I was a kid”.
Richard Moore
Was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. In 1972, aged 10, he was blinded by a rubber bullet fired at point blank range into his face by a British soldier. Richard founded the charity “Children in Crossfire”. He was
the subject of a BBC documentary, “Blind Vision” in which he meets the actual soldier who blinded him, after which they became friends. Richard will speak at the event about his extraordinary life
Thursday 19th November ‘09
“Unbreakable” (2000) 1hour and 42 minutes
Unbreakable tells the story of Philadelphia security guard, David Dunn, who slowly discovers that he is actually a real life superhero. The film is a study on the dimensions of comic books; it explores the analogies between the real world and the mythology of superheroes.
For the Question and Answers
Ewan Marshal
Ewan Marshall is an accomplished writer, theatre director and award-winning BBC drama producer Ewan Marshall (Pear-shaped, Every Time You Look At Me), who works predominantly with disabled actors.
Shaun William
Shaun is a spoken word artist who is 34 yrs old. He has been performing for around 4 yrs, and won his first poetry competition in 2005 at the UK
Unsigned show held at Hackney Empire. He is also an accomplished athlete and won a bronze medial in 2006 in the Rowing World Championships held in Eton Dorny Lake.
Thursday 3rd December ‘09
Panel Discussion - “Disability, Art and the Media”
Various panel members from diversity and disability media departments including Sue Caro (BBC), Jamie Beddard (Arts Council) and Caglar Kimyoncu (UK Film Council) Our panel is made up of media experts who specialise in diversity issues in the media. Come along and join the debate which will culminate all the interesting topics covered throughout the festival.
Taxi Pata Pata
Taxi Pata Pata scintillating soukous with pan African/global elements, rippling guitar, elastic bass, precision yet intuitive drumming, topped with the sweetest vocals, packaged with dynamic dance moves it is guaranteed to delight! Taxi Pata Pata is the perfect, high energy act to round up the Disability Arts Festival in a grand finale!
• Facilities at the venue itself are limited with one allocated disabled car parking space and four non-disabled spaces.
• After 6.30pm, non residents may park in the surrounding residential areas and on single yellow lines.
• Check for more info
Public Transport
(to Westbourne Park Station)
• Westbourne Park Station is on the Hammersmith and City Line
• Buses that stop outside the station are; the 23, 28,31 and the 328.
• There is also a taxi service at the station. Cars and taxis can drop off and collect outside the building.
•  The venue is less than a mile from both Notting Hill and Paddington.
Westbourne Studios Accessibility
To the Studios
• The studios are approximately a five minute walk from Westbourne Park station
• To get there, you take a left when outside the station down Tavistock Road leading onto Tavistock Crescent. You then cross the bridge and
Westbourne Studios are on your right.
The Building
• The building has an accessible WC
• Step-free access into the building
• Induction loop available

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