Fri Oct 20, 1:00 PM
Director: Ella Glendining
United Kingdom
87 minutes
MA 15+

“A deeply personal story of disability, identity, and self-love.” (Slashfilm)

“That feeling of being the only one in the room like this … it’s all I know.” Ella Glendining was born without hip joints, and with very short thigh bones. Although she loves her body, and has, in her own words, “found ways to celebrate my freakishness,” she deals with ableism and prejudice daily. In this self-directed, hyper-personal piece we follow Ella on her determined quest to find someone who her shares her rare disability. Through video-diary confessionals, family archive footage and beguiling interviews, Ella gently interrogates questions of self-identity and socialised discrimination while facing the challenges of motherhood.

“Glendining isn’t scared to ask questions in her film, not just of those around her but also of herself.” (Screen International)

“A deeply lovely movie.” (Film threat)

Film Type Feature Documentary
Program Strand Change Award
Language English
Director Ella Glendining
Producer Janine Marmot
Cinematographer Annemarie Lean-Vercoe
Editor Rachel Roberts
Music Erland Cooper
Genre Disability Culture, Documentary

Screens with: The Drag Tour

Fri Oct 20, 1:00 PM
Director: Sit Down Shutup and Watch (SDSW)
5 minutes
MA 15+

Join Regina Vagina on a tour of her favourite sites in the Steel City, Whyalla.

Film Type Short Documentary
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Language English
Director Sit Down Shutup and Watch (SDSW)
Genre Culture, Documentary, LGBTQ+