South Australian Film Corp to lead improved on-screen representation of disability

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FULL TILT aims to provide filmmakers with disabilities the opportunity to undertake paid attachments in SAFC productions [Source:Shutterstock]
FULL TILT aims to provide filmmakers with disabilities the opportunity to undertake paid attachments in SAFC productions [Source:Shutterstock]

An initiative by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) will see people with disability better represented on-screen through exclusive filmmaking opportunities.

Launched on Friday 20 July, the project titled FULL TILT aims to provide filmmakers with disabilities the opportunity to undertake paid attachments in SAFC productions.

In partnership with national television station SBS, the SAFC will fund the development and production of three stand-alone short documentaries for premiere on SBS On Demand.

One person who is itching to see the stories of people with disability, told by those with disability, is SAFC’s Disability Strategy Executive, Gaelle Mellis.

“For too long our stories have been told by others and non-disabled actors continue to win awards for ‘cripping up’.”

She says this has to stop.

“We want to tell our stories and see ourselves represented authentically. Disability is a normal part of life. Disabled people can shed light on different aspects of the lived human experience with our stories adding to the richness and diversity of our cultural landscape.”

FULL TILT is part of SAFC’s Delivering Diversity umbrella, with programs targeted to a number of underrepresented voices in the screen industry, including women, Aboriginal content makers, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities and people from the LGBTIQI community.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Courtney Gibson says the Delivering Diversity initiative plays a valuable role in removing barriers within the film industry.

“Delivering Diversity is all about removing barriers to careers in the screen sector for a wide range of underrepresented voices,” she says.

“SAFC is committed to working with industry to deliver positive change and enrich our working environments, to grow the industry and audiences alike.”

FULL TILT is already underway with Wanted, the first production to employ a FULL TILT attachment now shooting in Adelaide, South Australia.

Cinematographer Paul Vagnarelli is profoundly deaf and is working alongside Director of Photography, Mark Wareham as a camera attachment.

“This experience is invaluable in the development of my skills which will help my future cinematography goals,” he says.

And it's not just the participants who are reaping the benefits of inclusive film production.

“If Paul’s significant contribution to the set of Wanted is any indication the FULL TILT initiative is sure to be an important driver to greater inclusion and diversity in our industry,” Wanted producer Tom Hoffie says.

Submissions to join the FULL TILT teams close 13 August 2018.

For more information, click here.


For more information on disability support and services, please visit DisabilitySupportGuide.com.au

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