Independent Cinema Office (ICO)

Following the theatrical release and a BAFTA nomination for Ella Glendining’s feature documentary Is There Anybody Out There?, ICO were pleased to present a special roundtable event celebrating disabled filmmaking and disability joy, while confronting the film industry’s barriers and ableism.

Hosted by film and culture writer Lillian Crawford, the roundtable featured a conversation between filmmakers Ella Glendining, Jessi Gutch, Justin Edgar and Ted Evans, who discussed their individual experiences as disabled and deaf people forging a career in the film industry, the barriers that still persist, and what needs to happen next.

This event was BSL interpreted. Please note that is a live unscripted BSL/English interpretation, and so there may be some mistakes.

This was event was delivered in partnership with Conic and 104films. It was part of the outreach and impact activity for the release of Is There Anybody Out There? which was supported by BFI, Doc Society, Screen Scotland and The National Lottery.