With 1 in 5 Australians living with a disability, it is well overdue that the disability community are more frequently and more accurately represented in the content we consume. With this in mind, the teams at Taste Creative and Bus Stop Films have worked together to launch the Inclusive Filmmaking Toolkit. The two organisations have combined their 10 years of experience — in storytelling, and providing university-level film education and training to people with disabilities — to share this wealth of knowledge, which combines theoretical components with holistic insights. Henry Smith of Taste Creative explains that the toolkit gives a philosophy rather than the answers to inclusive filmmaking, because “inclusion is a process and an attitude, not a tick-box you can suddenly achieve”. Ultimately, it aims to help forge pathways for people in the disability sector, and break down a privileged system which means that currently, “the door is locked” for people with disabilities in the film industry.
To learn more and to download the toolkit, click here.
Individuals and organisations with a useful resource on social inclusion are encouraged to get in touch so we can direct people to the content.