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Occasionally a mainstream film is hailed for its appropriate approach to its disability content, such as one man's struggle with stammering portrayed in The King's Speech (starring Colin Firth) or a rare portrayal of the 'crip' humour related to Parkinson's Disease in Love and Other Drugs.

More often, though, it's down to cult independent films like Mat Fraser's 'cripsploitation' film Unarmed But Dangerous and independent film festivals to reflect current attitudes towards disability and, on occasion, offer relevant explorations of what it is to live with disability. Though, of course, finding these films on DVD won't always be that easy.

  • Sydney Film Festival, in June each year. Like many large festivals, it can include works which reference disability. Disability has appeared as a specific theme in some years.
  • Access All Areas began as an annual film festival to coincide with the annual UN International Day of Disability every December. 
  • Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival aims to raise awareness about representation of disabilities in film
  • Picture this is an annual international disability film festival based in Canada

For your day-to-day movie-going pleasure:

  • Accessible Cinema: there are several cinemas around the Sydney area which now have facilities to screen the latest films with subtitles and audio description for people with hearing or sight loss
  • your one stop shop for accessible cinema.