The Other Screen

10 May 2018

The Other Screen is a provocative series of monthly events focused on issues surrounding disability and deafness

Members involved with the Local People project in Brighton, supported by Scope, have launched The Other Screen to help challenge perceptions of disability in film and culture.

Through film and discussion, The Other Screen highlights how representations of disabled people and the D/deaf community are formed and how, as a critically engaged audience, they can widen these outlooks.

Kyla Harris, the creative director and producer of The Other Screen, explains: “As a new member of the Brighton and Hove community, I have found that, as a wheelchair user, it is very difficult to engage with the community because of various obstacles.

Participants involved with the Local People project in Brighton, supported by Scope, are taking part in The Other Screen.

“Currently, in Brighton and Hove, there are no ongoing series of film screenings dedicated to people with disabilities and the D/deaf community, and in accessible venues. Signed events are few and far between and there is little connection between the arts and disability."

Kyla, Matt and Abby are providing a monthly event that is bringing together the arts community, the D/deaf community and people with disabilities in an event that is as accessible as possible.

Each event consists of themed screenings including a short film and feature film, followed by a question and answer session.

All films screened either feature a prominent character who is disabled or deaf, and/or will be made by someone who is disabled or deaf.

For its premiere event, The Other Screen revisited the 1980 David Lynch classic “The Elephant Man” with Adam Pearson as the question and answer guest.

The project hopes to raise awareness of how a variety of people with disabilities have been represented, or misrepresented, by examining films that contribute to the perceptions of people with disabilities and the D/deaf community.

The hope is that through discussion, non-disabled and disabled audience members alike will have a greater sense of views of people with disabilities and the D/deaf community.

The Other Screen has been funded by the Local People project in Brighton, through their Community Engagement Grants scheme.

The next event will screen “My Beautiful Broken Brain” at Fabrica Gallery on 17 May, with director Lotje Sodderland as the question and answer guest.

The Local People project in Brighton is one of 29 projects across Great Britain, funded through the Trust’s Local People Programme, five of which are supported by Scope.

The Local People Programme brings residents together, with shared interests, to address local issues that are important to them.

The Local People project in Brighton has created a shared vision and priorities that include raising awareness and acceptance of disability and the needs of carers, increasing physical and environmental access, including making public transport more accessible, reducing isolation and increasing access to activities.

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