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Mainstreaming Disability and Appearance Diversity on Screen

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““I used to say to my parents: ‘Why do I never see anybody like me on TV?’ When I was growing up and getting bullied, I didn’t know anyone with a disability, I didn’t know anyone in a wheelchair, I never saw anyone in a wheelchair, it sucked” ”

Dylan Alcott

Please note: this event is now at capacity and tickets are no longer available

Did you know that twenty percent of Australians live with disability? You probably wouldn't guess that from our media.

But things are gradually improving. In 2018, more people with disability and appearance diversity are writing and starring in TV and film, influencing on social media and getting opportunities as brand ambassadors. Young people today have a much greater chance of seeing themselves represented, knowing what's possible.

We'll be talking representation of people with disability on screens and behind the scenes, and why it's vital to give us a place at the table.

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About the speakers

Co-produced and hosted by Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay is an award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist. She writes on disability and appearance diversity issues for publications including ABC, Daily Life and SBS. She was named as one of Australia’s most influential women in the 2014 Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. She has appeared on ABC's You Can't Ask That and Cyberhate with Tara Moss, and has been a regular on various ABC radio programs. Carly is currently writing her first book, a memoir, to be published by Harper Collins in early 2019. 

Michelle Law is a writer working across film, theatre and print. Her debut play, Single Asian Female, was staged at La Boite Theatre Company and Belvoir St Theatre Company to sold out audiences. Homecoming Queens, the web series she co-created, co-wrote and acted in, premiered on SBS On Demand this year.

Alistair Baldwin is a writer & comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne. He currently writes for ABC's The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. He is a recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for this year, and has had commentary, criticism & satire published by SBS, Junkee, ACMI Ideas, un Magazine and more. Last year he completed an Honours in Screenwriting at VCA, with a research focus in narrative prosthesis and disability representation on Australian screens. He is also a stand-up comic and improviser, performing in and producing shows across Melbourne.

Kate Hood had a career as an able-bodied actor for over twenty years, performing in everything from classics to musicals and commercial television. She worked with major theatre companies such as Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company of Adelaide, Music Theatre companies such as Gordon Frost Productions, Everyday Productions, and performed in Prisoner. She became a wheelchair user a decade ago and her mainstream career ended. She reinvented herself as a disabled actor, writer and director in the disability arts sector. She calls this her ‘in between time’, a time when she worked with a tribe of disabled artists who were siloed away, making work which was seen almost exclusively only  by other disabled artists. This gave her a thirst to advocate for disabled performers in mainstream performing arts. Kate passionately believes that the best way to advocate for disabled performers is to make work which depends on them for its impact. Kate is Artistic Director of Raspberry Ripple Productions.