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A Celebration of Inclusivity in Cinema!

18th February 2021
Non-performative inclusivity in cinema has been a hot topic recently. Inspired by Laura Dorwat on twitter – @lauradorwart – we decided to highlight some fantastic, critically acclaimed films that feature D/deaf and disabled people both on and off screen…
Millie Simmonds as Regan Abbott in A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place features a deaf actor, Millie Simmonds, in a prominant role. The film was nominated for a number of awards. Millie herself was up for Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer in 2019.
 
Character Renee in Pixar's Loop
If you haven’t caught Loop on Disney+, we highly recommend it. This short animation features Pixar’s first ever non-verbal character. Renee was voiced by Madison Bandy a nonspeaking autistic voice actor.
Crip Cramp Co-directors Nicole Newnham and Jim LeBracht
 
We’ve not seen it yet but with a staggering 100% Rotten Tomatoes score it is top of our list. Crip Camp was co-directed by disabled creator Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham.
Keira Allen as Chloe in Run
 
In 2020 Run became Hulu’s most-streamed original movie. It starred Keira Allen an actor and wheelchair user alongside Sarah Paulson.
 
Zack Gottsagen as Zak in The Peanut Butter Falcon
And finally, one of our favourite movies of 2019 … The Peanut Butter Falcon starring Zack Gottsagen, who has Down Syndrome, in the lead role. “What’s rule number one?” “Party.” 
This is just a handful of incredible movies. We can’t wait to see more inclusivity in cinema in future casts and creative teams!