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…
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.
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.
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.
In 2020 Run became Hulu’s most-streamed original movie. It starred Keira Allen an actor and wheelchair user alongside Sarah Paulson.
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.”
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This is just a handful of incredible movies. We can’t wait to see more inclusivity in cinema in future casts and creative teams!