The Other Film Festival
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 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.
Tue 16 Feb
Artist spotlights: Sarah Houbolt (NSW) and Caroline Bowditch (VIC) Panel Disability-led practice and authenticity
Wed 17 Feb
Audience engagement and marketing panel: Dr Scott Hollier (Centre for Accessibility WA), Gaelle Mellis (SA) and Fiona Tuomy (Arts Access Victoria and South Australian Film Commission), plus artist spotlights from Jenny Sealey (Graeae Theatre, London)
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)
Sat 20 & Sun 21 Feb
Film Screenings, featuring the films made in Australia and Western Australia by film makers and storytellers with disability.
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 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 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 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 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 Man, Signs of a Star Shaped Diva; Static; Blasted; Whiter than Snow; peeling; Bent; Iron 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 Tide; The Garden; The 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 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 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 - Sun 21 Feb
Artist Spotlights & Panels | Tue - Thu
Film Screenings | Fri - Sun
Panels FREE. Registration essential.
Films on sale in January.
- Jess Wyld
- Presented in partnership with Act Belong Commit campaign with Healthway