My Mad Fat Diary: review -
“My Mad Fat Diary depicts adolescence and demystifies mental illness with humour and a stylistic flourish, says Mike Shamash.”
I Think We're Alone Now documentary -
I just posted this as a Facebook comment in reply to someone that had just seen this film. Seemed relevant to post it here too:
The framing of the people in the film made me distinctly uncomfortable. They both have impairments affecting their behaviour (one Asperger’s, the other a brain injury) and the whole thing had a whiff of disablism about it; that it was OK to laugh at the weirdos.
The woman especially came across as very vulnerable; so isolated that she considers the guy who calls her “a freak” and is uncomfortable being seen in public with her as her best friend. And don’t get me started on the deliberately using incorrect pronouns to describe her for being intersex. She IDs as a woman; only female pronouns should be used.
In both these cases it’s easy to see how being so excluded by society made them retreat into fandom. I’ve been there. When I was an undergrad I had no friends and went to more Texas concerts than is probably sane.
The documentary just seemed to be exploiting them for having unusual behaviour and being isolated and lonely.
I saw it at Frightfest a few years ago. The inclusion of this in a scary film festival just reeks of disablism. “Beware the frightening disableds!”
The Sessions, Untouchable, Rust and Bone - it's great they're tackling disability, but where are the disabled actors?
Celebrity Bake Off -
Not just one, but 2 disabled slebs! (I guess they’re getting their money’s worth out of creating a lowered workspace. /cynicism)
TV review: My Mad Fat Diary; Girls
Ben Lewin on The Sessions: 'You can reach women without brute force'
Hollywood tackles sex and disability -
There’s a quick quote from me in this.
Powerchair user in MacLaren’s!
Any theories on how he got down that narrow staircase?
I think this might be the first time I’ve ever seen a visibly impaired extra. You do occasionally get disabled characters in stuff. Sometimes they’re even played by disabled actors.
But you never see disabled people in the background doing normal shit like drinking a beer.