DisRupted films to premiere Dec 3: The International Day of People with Disability

November 20, 2019

DisRupted is an ABC and Screen Australia initiative showcasing the best of Australia’s next generation of filmmakers with a disability.
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DisRupted films to premiere Dec 3: The International Day of People with Disability

DisRupted is an ABC and Screen Australia initiative showcasing the best of Australia’s next generation of filmmakers with a disability.

The three successful films selected for DisRupted following a nation-wide call out are Rocky & Me, And Then Something Changed and The Legend Of Burnout Barry, all premiering on 3rd December, the International Day of People with Disability.

Each film seeks to disrupt and reframe how disability is understood and kids will be drawn into the funny and clever stories that are full of heart and capture what it’s like to be a young person with disability in Australia. 

DisRupted Films Synopses

Rocky & Me

Rocky & Me follows the story of Stella, a girl living with Cerebral Palsy who gets her first wheelchair, and along with it, her independence. Stella names her first set of wheels “Rocky.”

Rocky gives her a sense of freedom and confidence she’s never experienced before. Stella finally finds the courage to stand up to her best friend. Stella is a passionate swimmer, but until now she only swims in secret. The new life guard, Busy, offers to coach her. Stella is amazed when she competes in her local Swim Meet. Based on the true misadventures of creator Johanna Garvin, Rocky & Me is an uplifting story with a universal message – nothing is impossible!

Cast

Featuring: Emily Prior, Rodger Corser, Kadel Barty-King, Susie Youssef, Willow Speers and Roxana Skidmore.

Production

Johanna Garvin: Creator, Co-Writer, Co-Producer, Director, Holly Lyons: Co-Writer, Co-Creator, Script Producer, Claire Tonkin: Executive Producer (CJZ), Toni Malone: Director of Production (CJZ) and Selina Forbes: Production Supervisor (CJZ). Based on the true misadventures of Johanna Garvin.

And Then Something Changed

What would it feel like to live in a world that isn’t built for you? 8 year-old Louis wakes up to what he thinks is going to be just another normal school day, but finds the world around him has become inaccessible. The stairs, car, locker and clothes no longer function as Louis expects. But is this world a dream of the past? And Then Something Changed is a fun and un-sensationalized look at a ‘day in the life’ of a child with dwarfism, turning our idea of accessibility on its head.

Cast

Featuring: Theo Watson-Bonnice, Greta Watson-Bonnice, Pete Bevin, Finn Noonan Seymour, Benji Sam Mazzone, Alexander Blake Harding, Kate Stones, Matilda Wilby, Isabella harrod Speight, Charlotte Jet Anaba.

Production

Keiran Watson-Bonnice: Creator, Director, Writer, Eliza Hull: Creator, Producer, Additional Writing, Donna Andrews and Stu Connolly: Executive Producers, Hermione Merry: Additional Writing, Carly Myers: Script Consultant, Matthew Myers: Art Department Assistant.

The Legend of Burnout Barry

Josh “Wheely” Wilson and his best mates, siblings Shay & Brent, are an unlikely combination. Yet the three make for an inseparable trio of teenagers, all hell bent on having a good time and tightly bound by their insatiable appetite for adventure.

So when speed demon and proud record holder Wheely learns that there’s someone in town faster than him, he immediately sets about finding the elusive and legendary speedster called Burnout Barry to challenge him to a race.

But when Shay and Brent refuse to be part of his latest record attempt, feeling undervalued, Wheely must face his nemesis alone. What he soon discovers, is that friendship and teamwork are far more important than any shiny new record…and that a scary old recluse is maybe not so scary after all.

Cast Credits

Featuring: Oli Pizzey-Stratford, Jade Knight, Basil Firea, Keith Robinson, Irene Lee, Ferninand Hoang, Deone Zanotto, Nicholas Colla, Nicolette Minster, Bailey Jankovic, Billy Ung.

Production Info

Isaac Elliott: Creator, Director, Nicholas Colla: Creator, Producer, Nicolette Minster: Creator, Writer, Chris Hocking: Producer. From an original idea by Isaac Elliott. Production company: LateNite Films.