The Other Film Festival WA

The Other Film Festival WA Tue 16 Feb – Sun 21 Feb DADAA Tue 16 Feb – Sun 21 Feb DADAA $15 - $20
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Tue 16 Feb – Sun 21 Feb at DADAA, from $15 - $20

Presented in association with DADAA and Arts Access Victoria

Join a celebration of disability-led arts practice through a week of artist spotlights, panel discussions and film screenings at DADAA.

The Other Film Festival WA is a ground-breaking program that has put people with disability at the centre of storytelling and the Australian screen industry for over 20 years. Fully accessible, it brings unique stories to film lovers.

Hear leading practitioners from across Australia discuss the ethics of disability arts practice and demonstrate the unique qualities of disability-led artistic exploration in a series of online discussions presented as part of the Festival.

Book Artist Spotlights sessions from the links in the accordion below. 

Book Film Screenings via the Book Now button on this page. 

Tue 16 Feb

Artist spotlights: Sarah Houbolt (NSW) and Caroline Bowditch (VIC) Panel Disability-led practice and authenticity

12pm-1pm | Sarah Houbolt | Book here

4pm-5pm | Caroline Bowditch | Book here

Wed 17 Feb

Artist Spotlights focussed on disability leadership and the affects of the pandemic:  Gaelle Mellis (SA) and Jenny Sealey (Graeae Theatre, London). 

12pm-1pm | Gaelle Mellis | Book here

4pm-5pm | Jenny Sealey | Book here

Thu 18 Feb

A dance and disability focus Disability led choreographic process: Matt Shilcock (SA) (mentorship with Australian dance theatre, Adelaide), and Anna Seymour (VIC).

12pm-1pm | Matt Shilcock | Book here

4pm-5pm | Anna Seymour | Book here


Session 1 (G/all ages)

Suitable for all ages, these films offer reflective, funny and sometimes whimsical takes on disability.

Aspectrum (5.38)

Cameron Lee Horace (UK)

Documents Interviews with four young people living with the developmental disorder known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, a condition around 700,000 people experience living with, in the United Kingdom alone (rewrite)

Clowning (4.43)

Angus Flavelle (AUS)

Short film produced as part of DADAA’s Act Belong Commit Youth Film making project

Creativity Explored – Animals (1.11); Laron’s Home (3.29); Give Me Chinese Food (1.01); Make My Wish Come True (2.44)

Featured filmmakers: Sue Chan, Laron Bickerstaff and Makeya Kaiser (AUS)

Creativity Explored is a studio-based collective in San Francisco that partners with people with developmental disabilities to celebrate and nurture the creative potential in each of us.   

The Dayroom (4.15)

Jennifer Msumba (US)

Stuck in an adolescent psychiatric unit, a creative teenager struggles to break up the monotony and boredom of the ward's dayroom, until he makes an unexpected discovery. This movie was inspired by the many years the artist spent inside of institutions and psychiatric hospitals, where her love of music help keep her light shining during those dark years.

Charlie, Tom and the iPad (6.01)

Charlie Paganin 2019 (AUS)

Charlie loses his IPad while filming and it is found by Tom. They then meet by chance at the electronic shop and decide it would be great to pursue their shared interest of making movies with the IPad.


Accept the Road Ahead (22.00)

Sam Kerr (AUS)

Accept The Road Ahead tells the story of a young man’s rehabilitation after a motorbike accident that left him in a wheelchair. The film explores how Sam’s family and the tight-knit Fremantle community has been paramount to Sam’s recovery, independence and fulfilling lifestyle. 

I Shall Be Released (4.16)

The Starlight Hotel Choir (AUS)

Produced as part of DADAA’s No Fixed Address project in partnership with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre.

There are no Participation Trophies in the Zombie Apocalypse (2.22)

Jennifer Msumba (US)

A woman decides she needs to train for the zombie apocalypse (only short synopsis available)


Session 2 (MA 15+)
Artistic performance, animation and abstraction communicate the lived experience of a range of disabilities, and some comedic tales turn the tables on mainstream tropes about disability.
What it Feels Like (2.59)

Steven Fraser (UK)

What It Feels Like tells the story of an unnamed protagonist who lives with the positives and negatives of hearing voices. We experience the variety of emotions, turmoils, passions, triumphs and hardships that voice hearing can present. Dazzling animation brings the unique voices to life and acts as a striking physical representation of the “otherness” associated with hearing voices (shorten)

Space/Feels (9.44)

Sarah Houbolt (AUS)

Space / Feels is a short film made by blind performer and film maker Sarah Houbolt. It explores the theme of ritual in daily life, according to her unique experience of the world. Space / Feels gives a glimpse of what it means to consider blind and partially sighted community in the creation of a short experimental film. 

Dreaming Mia WIgini (10.00)

John Cieslak (AUS)

Can Wigini Man be a drag queen?

Turning to White (4.45)

Tony Sarre (AUS)

Turning to white is the true story of a young man coming to terms with going blind whilst hitch-hiking the across the Nullarbor plain.

This ScreenWest funded short film was created as part of a diversity skills development program for blind filmmaker Tony Sarre. It was filmed as a proof of concept for Tony’s proposed semi biographical feature film The Roadhouse Blues. 

Behind the Scenes (15.00)

Tony Sarre and Lincoln MacKinnon (AUS)   

Also screened is Behind the Scenes which chronicles the making of the short film, Turning To White. This 15-minute documentary steps behind the scenes and exposes the unique directorial processes of blind film maker Tony Sarre. The team of Tony and co-director, Lincoln, discuss how they were able to create an accessable system which enabled Tony to successfully direct his film.

The Fish Don’t Care When It Rains (4.37)

Jennifer Msumba (US)

With humour and heart, autistic artist Jen Msumba demonstrates what the simple life of a fish can teach us about accepting our circumstances. 

The Cards I’m Dealt (5.23)

Emily Dash (AUS)

Life is very different when your own body is your prison

Visibility (4.35)

Keenan O’Reilly (US)

A dynamic disabled duo hatches a bird-brained scheme to supplement their income.

The Power of Words (5.35)

George Harwood (AUS)

Short film produced as part of DADAA’s Act Belong Commit Youth Film making project

UN[BOX]ED (4.35)

Elizabeth Arifien & Charlotte Edmonds (UK)

UN[BOX]ED explores one person's journey as they deal with the stigma connected to Dyslexia through dance. In society, those with dyslexia are often boxed into what people perceive our abilities to be. When we peel back the layers who decides who we really are and who creates the box we so often are told we fit within? (shorten)

Criptales – Audition (14.00)

Mat Fraser (UK)

Mat sits in the waiting room before an audition, dreading how it will turn out.  Contemplating the past, he unlocks the reasons for his fears, before finding the way to triumph.  Or does he?


On Sat 20 Feb, Film makers Tony Sarre and Lincoln MacKinnon will talk about their creative process at 2.30pm

On Sun 21 Feb, Mat Fraser, creator of the Crip Tales Series will join Wendy Martin in conversation from London, UK, at 5pm.


Session 3 (R 18+)

Dating, sex, reproductive rights and family relationships through a disability lens.  Often taboo in a society that infantilises and overprotects us, this is people with disability living full, messy lives.

Swallowed by Time (6.24)

Michael Smith (AUS)

Swallowed by Time is an experimental visual poem that draws parallels between the aging process of humans and man-made structures. It’s a dark exploration and comment on the way in which society neglects and dismisses objects and people, which were once celebrated for their youth and beauty.'

Boldly Go (6.00)

Christopher Cosgrove (AUS)

A geeky sci-fi fan faces rejection from a 'straight-acting' guy, but not for the reasons you might think.

Prends-Moi (10.18)

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette& André Turpin 2014 (Canada)

A nurse working in a centre for the disabled is confronted by his principles when he’s asked to accomplish a particular task…

Single (15.09)

Ashley Eakin (US)

Single confronts the complexities of being disabled and dating. Kim, who was born with one arm, gets set up to go on a bind date. When she finally meets Jake, to her horror – he only has one hand. Unable to get over the apparent ignorance of the matchmaker, as well as her own insecurities about being different, Kim tries to bail on the date.

Groundhog Night (15.30)

Emily Dash (AUS)

Gary is so used to caring for his disabled daughter Jess, he can do it in his sleep. But when the pretentious and judgemental in-laws arrive unexpectedly to stay the night, tension is high and everyone gets a wake-up call.

Criptales – Thunderbox (15.07)

Ruth Madeley (UK)

It's 1968 and wheelchair user Sue is in the toilet at a pop festival.  A whirlwind romance has left her pregnant and abortion has just been legalised. What should she do now?


Caroline Bowditch

After 16 years living and working in the UK, Caroline returned to Australia in July 2018 to take up the role as Chief Executive Officer at Arts Access Victoria. She is best known as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK and further afield. Caroline is a regular consultant on access and inclusion internationally, and has also led international residencies in Sweden, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. She is regularly invited to mentor local, national and international artists at all levels of their artistic development. With the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, Caroline took part in the prestigious CEO Leadership course at Harvard Business School in 2019-2020.


Dr Scott Hollier – CEO, Centre For Accessibility Australia 

Dr Scott Hollier specialises in the field of digital accessibility and is the author of the book ‘Outrunning the Night: a life journey of disability, determination and joy’. With a Ph.D. in Internet Studies and senior management experience across the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors, Scott is an internationally-recognised researcher and speaker.

Scott’s roles include CEO and co-founder of the Centre For Accessibility Australia, holds academic positions at Edith Cowan University and the University of South Australia, and is an Invited Expert for the W3C Accessible Platform Architectures Research Questions Task Force. In addition, Scott is legally blind and as such has both a professional and personal understanding of the importance of accessibility.


Sarah Houbolt

Sarah is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed Blind actor / dancer, who has worked internationally for a number of years. In 2018- 2019 she toured her Green Room Award winning solo show Koo Koo the Bird Girl in Australia, Europe, UK and USA, including to Coney Island New York, where the original Koo Koo used to perform in the 1930’s. She has worked for companies such as Extant (UK), Heidi Latsky Dance (USA), The Dust Palace (NZ), Extraordinary Bodies (UK), and Pop Up Globe (NZ), and appears in Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Worlds Away’. Other film credits include female lead in feature film ‘Reflections in the Dust’, and appearing in Leah Purcell’s ‘The Drover’s Wife’, and TVNZ TV drama ‘Shortland Street’. In 2017 she was part of Sydney Festival’s Scent of Sydney, and in 2018 she received the National Australian Disability Leadership Institute Award for Art. As a blind artist with circus and dance skills, Sarah investigates audio description and blind access in her work. Sarah has trained ballet at Associacao Fernanda Bianchini (Brazil), made a work for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, and produced several short films in 2020, including for Tempo Dance Festival in New Zealand. She has over 20 years experience in access consultancy and is passionate about creative ways of embedding access in the arts and telling stories of disability are history and culture. In 2020 Sarah also ran a Shifting and Stirring workshop for the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Gaelle Mellis

Gaelle Mellis is an award-winning designer, access consultant, and collaborator. Having worked in theatre design for over 25 years, her designs have toured Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and the United States. She has designed for companies including the Australian Dance Theatre, Restless Dance Theatre, Brink Productions, State Opera SA, and the Dublin Theatre Festival. Seen as a cultural leader within both the disability arts and mainstream arts sector, Gaelle was one of 50 people globally to be invited to attend the International Convening of Thought Leaders run by the Kenney Centre, Washington DC. She was also invited by the Theatre Board of the Australia Council as one of 15 women filmed for the Woman in Theatre exhibition. Gaelle was a co-founder of Ladykillers and a co-founder Creative Director of Access2Arts. She is currently the Disability Screen Strategy Executive at the South Australian Film Corporation and Chair of Disability-led Outlandish Arts.


Tony Sarre

Tony is a Blind, Australian scriptwriter, director, and filmmaker whose current body of work centralises accessibility in and within the arts. With collaboration at the heart of his practice, Tony’s work interrogates how to treat audio description as a complex and evolving language, imbued with narrative flair. In the last year, Tony along with co-director has completed his proof of concept screen from his film The Roadhouse Blues, and concurrent behind the scenes documentary, Beyond the Blues. He is now driving a disability-led, audio-based initiative which seeks to reframe audio description as being a modality for creative nuance, subverting the ocularcentric biases within the ‘visual’ arts. In partnership with Arts Access Victoria and DADAA, Tony is currently employed as the artistic director for Perth’s second biennial The Other Film Festival, as well as an active member on the Diversity Committee at Screenwest.

Jenny Sealy

Jenny Sealey MBE CEO / Artistic Director’s directing career began with Interplay Theatre, co-directing Sea Changes, then directing Stepping Stones and Mad Meg. Jenny has been Graeae’s Artistic Director since 1997.Directing credits for Graeae include: This Is Not For You a contemporary Opera performed by disabled veterans for 14-18 NOW, Reasons to be Cheerful (2010 -2017), The House of Bernarda Alba (in a co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre), Blood Wedding (in a co- production with Dundee Rep and Derby Theatre); The Threepenny Opera (with Pete Rowe in a co-production with New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, West Yorkshire playhouse, Nottingham Playhouse and Birmingham Rep); also Diary of an Action ManSigns of a Star Shaped DivaStaticBlastedWhiter than SnowpeelingBentIron Man. International credits include: Belonging (with Vinicius Daumas and performed in Brazil & London),The Garden performed in London and Brazil as part Cultural Olympiads for Brazil 2016, Blood Wedding (Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo); Romeo and Juliet (Saitama Arts Theatre, Tokyo); and at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) then touring outdoor arenas: Against the TideThe GardenThe Limbless Knight – A Tale of Rights Reignited. Jenny co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony alongside Bradley Hemmings (GDIF). She also won the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award and was on the h.Club 100 list of the most influential people in the creative industries.

Anna Seymour

Anna Seymour is a dance artist and has been based in Melbourne for the last 14 years. Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Delta Project, a dance company of Deaf and hearing performers based in Melbourne, and productions include Collisions (Deakin University Theatre, 2012) and Under My Skin (Next Wave, 2016). Working as a choreographer, Anna created and performed Distraction Society (Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016), SPIN (Melbourne Fringe Festival 2018), Skin (Melbourne Recital Centre, 2019) and Mini SPIN (Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 & Darebin Arts Speakeasy 2020). Anna also worked as an actor for TV (ABC’s Get Krack!n), film (Volatilis) and theatre (Deafferent Theatre). Anna has recently joined Candoco Dance Company in London as a company dancer for their 2020/2022 touring season.


Matthew Shilcock

Matthew Shilcock is a South Australian Performing Artist. Matt began performing professionally in 2009 and has since professionally engaged with companies across Australia including Murmuration Dance Theatre, No Strings Attached Theatre for Disability, Restless Dance Theatre, Kaldor Public Arts, and internationally with Kaaos Company (FL), Wilman Dance Company (FMass Box (China), Touch Compass (NZ), Full Radius (USA), Candoco (UK), Independence (UK), FreeWill Theatre (HK) and the Van L Dance Company (UK). Matt is currently completing a year-long mentorship program with Garry Stewart and the Australian Dance Theatre (ADT).


Time & Location

Tue 16 Feb – Sun 21 Feb

DADAA, 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle / Walyalup

  • Film Tickets

    • Adult: $20
    • Concession: $15
  • All panels and films have open captioning and will be audio described.
  • All panels will be auslan interpreted.

Artist Spotlights & Panels | Tue - Thu

Film Screenings | Fri - Sun

Book Artist Spotlights sessions from the links in the accordion below. 

Book Film Screenings via the Book Now button on this page. 

Film screenings are subject to weather conditions.
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