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Oska Bright and Europe

Oska Bright’s international reach and influence has seen a shift away from Australia and Canada towards Europe over the past year. Whether this is a coincidence or a reflection of the geo-political zeitgeist is anyone’s guess. But it is a timely and necessary convergence of thinking, ideas and determination that ...

“We’re here, we’re visible” by Matthew Kennedy

Hi, I’m Matthew Kennedy, an artist/filmmaker from Glasgow, Scotland. I’m pleased to be writing my first blog post for Disability Arts Online about how Oska Bright Film Festival has given me a platform as a queer learning disabled filmmaker and how I’ve come to appreciate and love what the film ...

Breaking Ballroom: A Short Film with a Big Heart

‘Be enablers, not disablers’ – these words capture the heart and message behind Breaking Ballroom, a short documentary film produced and directed by film student Dragana Njegic. The film has been selected as a finalist in the Courage Film Festival taking place in Berlin from 4-6th April 2019. The Festival ...

This 2011 poster image features a large photo of Zorras, Sandra with megaphone and Y with guitar, plus smaller photos of other performers and a handsome puppet. It reads: Saturday 2 April, Door open 7PM, show 8PM, Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Free! BYOB! Wheelchair accessible! Performances by Anna Le, Diane Torr, Lily, Ste McCabe, The Insecurity Font, Zorras and Scragfight. Short films by sharlene bamboat, The Paraffins and Miss Leggy Pee, RM Vaughan & Jared Mitchell + DJ Fuk You How Do You Do. Poetry. Music. Film. Theatre. Dance. Drag.

Ten Years of Disabled- and Skint-Led Queer & Trans Art in Scotland: An alternative LGBTQI+ History

Ten years ago today, on 22nd February, 2009, I was part of the first ever Cachín Cachán Cachunga! As long-time curator of CCC's cabarets, art exhibitions and community events, I want to share a brief-ish history of the many milestones this anniversary celebrates. I'll also explain why ...

Oska Bright Film Festival is open for submissions

Oska Bright Film Festival, the world’s leading learning disability film festival, is open for submissions for its 2019 festival. I'm Matthew Hellett, the Lead Programmer, and I want you to submit your films! It's so easy, and we're really approachable. We are looking for films that are made by, or feature ...

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In All Good Faith

In the latest Praxis-Forum blog, Dionysia Mylonaki talks about their artistic practice.  My practice explores “legitimate” narratives as social, political and economic mechanisms, such as empathy, labour, property and solidarity. I’m interested in trans-disciplinary and open approaches as a way of researching notions of the public and as a tool to critically confront ...

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Making a film about psychosis – please donate to our indiegogo page

Inside is the second film in my trilogy of films about psychosis. The first film 'Outside' looked at the subjective experience of psychosis. 'OUTSIDE' has been shown at international film festivals, used in mental health campaigns and as a teaching aid for doctors and screened at psychiatric conferences worldwide. It ...

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The best seat in the house: an unashamedly crip trip to the cinema

I arrive at the box office, and give them my name. The lady behind the desk says: ‘ah you’re participating in the horizontal cinema’. I’m surprised, I’d expected to have to explain, a little awkwardly, that I will be lying down to see ‘Whitney’ on this fine July evening. And although ...

Film still - SCRRIPTT By Rosanne Robertson and Barry Anthony Finan

OutsiderXchanges

Barry Anthony Finan and Rosanne Robertson will present their work at European Outsider art Association Conference 2018 | Outside In at Pallant House Gallery We're really delighted to be presenting at the first European Outsider Art Association Conference in the UK, hosted by our friends Outside In at Pallant House ...

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Sanctuary – Film Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDF-KMAMtZg A of friendly piece of advice to a film director seeking to get his film financed and distributed; “Who wants to see a film about retards having sex?”. How many attitudinal barriers exist in that sentence? Language. Here’s another one. According to Director, Len Collin, at a Q and A, given ...