104 films are working with film4 to bring new and exciting disabled voices to the screen in our portmanteau project 4love, which consists of 4 shorts on the theme of Love. We are delighted to be working with film4 on this brilliant project which puts disability front and centre both in front of and behind the cameras. 25% of cast and crew on the films are disabled and there were accessibility coordinators working across the films to create an accessible and inclusive set.
The filmmakers are Ella Glendining & Jessi Gutch (Pyramid of Disunion), Rosanagh Griffiths and Keri Degon (Dope Fiend), Ewan Marshall & Tom Wentworth (Battery) and Debbie Hannan and Mathilda Ibini (Mo<3Kyra). The films can be seen on Channel 4 and in cinemas later this year.
20/04/2023. Two of our Film Academy Birmingham Students (Julian Smith is on the left and Nevaeh Major-Edwards is on the right) recently met HRH the Prince of Wales and The Princess of Wales at an event in Birmingham.
104 films successful first year running Film Academy Birmingham has been a great success with two amazing films produced and young people aged 16-20 learning new filmmaking skills and making industry in-roads.
Their Royal Highnesses hosted future leaders and local business owners from Birmingham’s creative industries sector at an event in The Rectory, Birmingham. The Prince and Princess met representatives of the creative industries sector, including designers, artists, and playwrights and heard more about how the sector is growing and their experiences of opening and running their businesses in the city. Their Royal Highnesses then joined the guests for a game of interactive darts downstairs in the 180 Club.
104 films have created a short film for the Underlying Health Condition campaign featuring the voices of disabled TV and film talent. Underlying Health Condition is an essential inititative led by Jack Thorne, writer of His Dark Materials and actor/writer Genevieve Barr (who starred in our own short Sympathy for the Lemon in 2016). The goal is to highlight inequalities in access and call to make things better and 104 films is proud to be part of this groundbreak movement. You can watch a recording of the event on international day of disabled people on December 3rd and the film HERE.
A new online version of Justin Edgar’s exhibition Reasonable Adjustment on the disabled armed resistance movement premiered at the SouthBank Centre’s Unlimited Festival from 13th – 17th January 2021. For More information click HERE. The online exhibition experience has been developed with the support of Art Fund, Arts Council of England and Unlimited.
Our short film Versimilitude starring Ruth Madeley is now on iplayer HERE., after playing at 10 BAFTA qualifying festivals including Slamdance and The London Short Film Festival and winning Best of the Fest at Superfest in San Francisco. It is out now across various video on demand platforms including BFI PLAYER. We held a sneak 24hr preview on the BFI website which was watched by over 6000 people. On release we had four star reviews from The Guardian, Time Out and Little White Lies, with Director David Proud featured on Radio 4’s Front Row, Sky News and Channel 4 News and Ruth Madeley interviewed on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch promoting the film. The comedy short was produced with support from the British Film Institute and The Uncertain Kingdom and is on release alongside the other Uncertain Kingdom films. See it HERE.
It tells the story of a struggling disabled actress who gets a job advising aspoilt film star for his latest role playing a wheelchair user and co-stars Laurie Davidson (Cats), Esther Smith (Trying), Alice Lowe (Sightseers) and Stephen Boxer (The Crown).
Justin Edgar’s exhibition Reasonable Adjustment on the disabled armed Resistance Movement is here! The exhibition runs at the Art House in Wakefield from 29th January until the 7th March 2020, the Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester from 13th March to 5th April 2020 and the Worcester Arts Workshop from 1st May to 31st May 2020.
Reasonable Adjustment was commissioned by Unlimited and backed by The Art House and Arts Council of England.
104 films’ Justin Edgar featured on Channel 4 News on 2nd February talking about the inclusion of our work in the British Film Institute’s 100 years of disabled film. Shorts now available to watch on the BFI player include Special People, directed by Justin plus the deaf classic Hands Solo. You can watch the report HERE. Justin is pictured with Channel 4 New’s Jordan Bryan.
104 films would like to give a big and heartfelt THANK YOU to the following people (in no particular order) who supported the #MakeFilmEqual campaign –
Anthony Di Salvo
… as well as those who chose to remain anonymous, you know who you are!
#MakeFilmEqual is a campaign using 104 films new feature documentary, The Social Model (previously called The Fourteen Percent) to call for greater equality for disabled talent in the film industry. The campaign will fuel the growing movement for more representation, recognition, funding & development of disabled talent. Funding goes toward a UK cinema release, screenings at film festivals and educational facilities as well as grassroots mobilisations and calls to action.
For the latest news on the campaign please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MakeFilmEqual/
104 films’ Disabled Heroes kicks off at the MAC on 25th October at 6pm with the premiere of a work in progress screening of our documentary The Social Model about how disabled filmmakers are fighting back against damaging depictions of disability in cinema. The three day season includes panels and screenings. For more information and to book tickets check out the Midlands Arts Centre website here
Being Frank directed by Steve Sullivan telling the story of Chris Sievey / Frank Sidebottom premiered at the South by South West Film Festival. We are proud associate producers of the film but huge congratulations are due to Steve Sullivan who has driven this extra-ordinary films with passion, skill and verve. Watch this space for more news on this brilliant film!