Accessible Cinema takes film festivals to the next level...

Event date: 
24 June 2007

Sydney Film Festival and Accessible Arts reveal Accessible Cinema program 2007

Clare Stewart, the Executive Director of the Sydney Film Festival has revealed an enticing program for the 2007 Sydney Film Festival which incorporates Accessible Cinema - a powerful program of films about people with a disability for all film-goers. This not only sees the festival growing in size with an increased number of films, talks and forums, but also includes a much wider representation of society in its films. The scope of the festival has broadened, with a selection of kids movies and films by or about people with a disability, and the party factor will increase audiences with a range of live events, talks and shows at the Metro Theatre.

ACCESSIBLE CINEMA

Working with Accessible Arts, Sydney Film Festival is thrilled to be screening a powerful program of films about people with a disability, for all film-goers. Highlights include Autism Every Day, a moving film about the life of eight families with children who have Autism, and Blindsight the awe-inspiring journey of blind Tibetan teens who climb Mount Everest. Hear and Now, winner of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary, follows a couple’s decision to undergo cochlear implant surgery after 65 years. Their journey is documented by their filmmaker daughter. Braindamajd’d…Take II follows filmmaker Paul Nadler’s amazing take on Traumatic Brain Injury. Some sessions will be audio-described or close captioned, and intros and Q&As will be Auslan interpreted.

AUSTRALIAN CINEMA

The Australian content of the festival is rich and diverse this year, with several world premieres and a large array of guests in attendance. One in particular that depicts one woman’s struggle with epilepsy which leads her to make a life changing decision. Rachel: A Perfect Life one of toughest young woman you’re ever likely to come across and now she wants brain surgery to get rid of her epilepsy once and for all.

ACCESS INITIATIVES

Accessible Arts is thrilled to acknowledge the Sydney Film Festival policy that the festival is for all – this commitment has ensured that films are available to as wide an audience as possible. All festival venues have wheelchair access. For full access information about all the venues visit www.sydneyfilmfestival.org.

The Sydney Film Festival runs from 8-24 June 2007, taking place across the city at the State Theatre, GU George Street Cinemas, Metro Theatre and Dendy Opera Quays. Tickets and FlexiPasses are on sale from Thursday 10 May, and are available from Ticketmaster on 136 100. For further information and access details on this year's program, as well as up to the minute festival news and to select films for online booking, visit www.sydneyfilmfestival.org and go the Accessible Cinema page under ‘Program’.

Accessible Arts acknowledges the support of The Other Film Festival and Access Arts Victoria in assisting with the disability strand of this project.