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H810 Accessibility and the Movies

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Friday, 31 Aug 2012, 11:32

Films that portray disability - what are they, what portrayal do they offer, what do we learn either about the disability but also about the authors?

  • Dear John - autism
  • Rainman - autism
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Richard III
  • Avatar
  • Finding Nemo
  • Batman
  • My Left Foot
  • District 9
  • Enemy Mine

Do 'superhumans' whether physical or mental have a disability too?

Or rather, if we see difference as an issue 'we' are going to see 'problems' everywhere.

The problem is only to cater for the majority groups.

The list will be a long one, with good, poor and dreadful expressions of disability, inclusivity and so on. What can you add to the list?

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'Mask' with Cher in...awonderful film and very accurate as Cher being the mother who can't cope with her son's facial disfigurement..just thought I'd mention it..


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Thanks Anthony, I'll take a look.
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The Story of Helen Keller (Deaf/Blind)

Elephant Man (Neumofibromatosis)

Ryan's Daughter (Physical disability)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (MH and physical disabilities)

Phantom of the Opera (Disfigurement)

Moulin Rouge (the original) (Toulouse Lautrec Syndrome)

The Singing Detective (Psoriasis)

These are all quite old films, but they all featured disability in different ways.


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Thanks JoAnn.