Film Festival introduces new film ratings system to highlight Disabled people’s contribution to and exclusion from the film world

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A new ratings system, the D system, has been introduced by the Together! Disability Film Festival to highlight the contribution that Disabled people make in front of and behind the camera, and their widespread absence from the film world.

A woman with bright red hair sits in wheelchair wearing matching top

Still from The Social Model by 104 Films featuring Katherine Araniello

The D-system is based on the F-system developed by Bath Film Festival to highlight the contribution/absence of women, which has now been adopted by more than 40 film festivals internationally.

One D is awarded for a Disabled person or people being in charge (they might describe themselves as a director, producer or filmmaker, but will have led the project); one D for a Disabled person or people taking the lead on creating the content, usually by writing the script, or by having the idea for a non-fiction film and developing it; and one D if the film features Disabled people (not actors ‘cripping up’) as the main characters, and/or Disability as the subject of the film.

This weekend’s seventh annual Together! Disability Film Festival will screen 56 films, all of which have at least one D: 28 (50%) are rated DD 9 DDD. Perhaps it is unsurprising that women’s representation is also much better at the Together! 2018 Disability Film Festival than in the mainstream: 34 films have at least one F rating; of these, 16 have FF and 3 FFF ratings. Women have also played significant roles in many of the other films

Artistic Director Dr Ju Gosling said:

“We hope that the D-system will assist in highlighting the widespread exclusion of Disabled people from the film industry, and support the #MakeFilmEqual campaign which is being highlighted in our opening film, 104 Films’ The Social Model, on Friday night.”

Together! 2018 Disability History Month Festival continues until 14th December.
For full details please go to www.together2012.org.uk
All events are free, free refreshments are served and everyone is welcome.

Friday 7 (6-8pm), Saturday 8 (12-8pm) & Sunday 9 December 2018
Together! 2018 Disability Film Festival Our international film festival brings together films of all budgets and genres, by Disabled filmmakers or featuring a central Disabled character. Old Town Hall Stratford. We are also offering a free audio-description workshop on 6 & 7 December from 11am-4pm daily in Stratford – email julie@together2012.org.uk for further details. 

Tuesday 11 December 2018 11am-2pm: Newham Disabled Reps Forum host a musical celebration of Disability History Month, including lunch and a raffle. Speakers include Disability History Month director Richard Rieser. Vicarage Lane Community Centre Stratford.

Friday 14 December 7-9pm: Together! Music Club and end-of-festival party Celebrate this year’s Disability History Month theme of music with an Open Mike night featuring Together! 2012 artists and friends, compered by Ju Gosling aka ju90. Vicarage Lane Community Centre Stratford.

Plus the Together! 2018 Open Exhibition, bringing together amateur, community, emerging and mid-career Disabled artists with a local connection. Vicarage Lane Community Centre Stratford. Monday to Friday mornings only. Pictured: ‘When the wheel turns’ by Heather Carol.

Together! aims to be as inclusive as possible of audience members as well as artists. All venues have step-free access and limited Blue Badge parking. Live audio-description is available on demand; productions are amplified with induction loops. BSL interpretation is provided for performances where speech is the main communication form. No need to book unless you wish to reserve seats (advised for groups of 5+). To reserve seats and find out more, email info@together2012.org.uk