Stepping out: the birth of a theatre of the mentally handicapped

Australia, 1980

Film
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Sensitively explores the lives of a unique theatre group of intellectually handicapped people preparing for their first public performance at the Sydney Opera House. Two members of the group, Chris 31 and Romayne 21, who have lived in the institution since early childhood express their attitudes to each other, their lives and hopes for the future. This film was chosen as the film for the International Year of the Disabled by the United Nations. Music: Keith Jarrett Camera: Dean Semler.

Credits

producer/director

Chris Noonan

production company

Binnaburra Film Company

Language

English

Duration

00:50:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

31350

Subject categories

Crafts & Visual Arts → Handicapped and the arts

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Handicapped - Care and treatment

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Handicapped and the arts

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Handicapped children - Development

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → International Year of Disabled Persons 1981

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Mentally handicapped

Music & Performing Arts → Performing arts

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

Betamax; Access Print (Section 1)

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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