Visibly Animated

This event has now ended. You can watch a recording of the talk by season curator Louise Milsom here.

If animation is a medium in which the only limit is your imagination, why is there still such a limited range of disabled stories and characters? Visibly Animated is a film season aiming to shine a light on animation amidst the growing recognition for the need of greater disabled representation in cinema, as well as highlighting the importance of making animation accessible for disabled audiences.

Tickets are £5 and give you access to all elements of Visibly Animated. Book now.

Accessibility: All films are available with either open or closed captions, as well as audio description. The pre-recorded talks are available with closed captions, and the live talk on 30 March will be live-captioned.

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About the Programme

Curated by Louise M. Milsom, this short film programme showcases a range of animated shorts from the UK, Germany, Australia and Taiwan, all centred around disabled characters. The programme is accompanied by a pre-recorded talk by disability rights activist and campaigner Dr Amy Kavanagh on the importance of including Audio Description tracks in animation, a pre-recorded Q&A with featured filmmaker Jemima Hughes (Imagination and Technology for Talking) and a live talk by season curator Louise M. Milsom on the history of disability representation in animation.

The programme includes:

• The Penguin Who Couldn’t Swim (dir. Tom Rourke)
• Stitch (dir. Siobhán Smith)
All For Claire (dir. Simon McKeown)
The Present (dir. Jacob Frey)
Cousin (dir. Adam Elliot)
Out of Sight (dir. Yu Ya-Ting)
Imagination (dir. Jemima Hughes)
Technology For Talking (dir. Jemima Hughes)
• A pre-recorded
Q&A with Jemima Hughes
• A pre-recorded t
alk by Dr Amy Kavanagh
• A live Q&A with season curator Louise Milsom, 6:30pm-7:30pm Wednesday 30 March

All the films and pre-recorded content will be available to stream from 24 March – 6 April.


Live Q&A: A Brief History of Disability Representation in Animation

Join us from 6:30pm-7:30pm on Wednesday 30 March for a live talk by season curator Louise M. Milsom, serving as an introduction to the history of disabled representation in animation, both on- and off-screen.

A recording of the talk will be available to view until 6 April.


About the Speakers

Louise M. Milsom
Louise M. Milsom is a disabled freelance film curator and PhD candidate based in Bristol. In 2017, she completed an MA in Curating which included a year-long work placement with Watershed, Bristol. Her final project was a series of films exploring Japanese animation outside the well-known Studio Ghibli oeuvre. Since then, Louise has been researching the representation of physical disability in animation both on-screen and behind the camera, which influenced the conception of this season. Find her on Twitter @LMMthethird.

Dr Amy Kavanagh
Dr Amy Kavanagh is an award-winning disability rights activist, content creator and freelancer. Amy uses social media to share her experiences of navigating life as a blind Londoner accompanied by her Guide Dog Ava.

Jemima Hughes
Jemima Hughes is a disabled and deaf director who speaks with an electronic communication aid and is keen for the voices of people who use AAC (alternative and augmentative communication) to be better represented in the media. Her 2016 short Imagination was part of Channel 4’s Random Acts strand, and in 2018 Technology for Talking was commissioned by BBC Ideas.


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