Inaccessible Transport Sucks - A still from 'Defiant Lives' (2017)
Defiant Lives (2017)

ACMI presents

Defiant Lives (with Audio Description)

Sarah Barton | Australia | | PG

Defiant Lives tells the story of the rise and triumph of the disability rights movement in Australia, the United States and Britain.

Reframes disability as a human rights issue

Julie Houghton, War Cry

Introducing some of the most impressive activists you’ve never heard of, Defiant Lives features exclusive interviews with elders (some now deceased) who have led the movement over the past five decades, weaving rarely seen archival footage with often-confronting personal stories of disabled men and women as they moved from being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and autonomy over their lives.

Once freed from their institutional imprisonment, they found a world full of barriers, and so set about dismantling them one by one. They chained themselves to public transport and demanded access “to boldly go where everyone else has gone before”, and they lobbied for support to live ordinary lives in the community with family, lovers and friends.

This is a film full of extraordinary characters who put their lives on the line to create a more inclusive world where everyone, regardless of impairment, is valued and can participate fully.

Format: Digital
Language: English with Audio Description
Source: Leap Frog Films
Courtesy: Leap Frog Films
Duration: 88 min


19 Nov 2020 – 28 Jan 2021


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88 mins



Mild Themes and brief nudity

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