An audience hit at Sundance and Sheffield Doc/Fest, this moving documentary interrogates ableism via a filmmaker’s personal journey.
Dir. Ella Glendining / United Kingdom / 2023 / English
Ella Glendining begins her documentary on a quest: seeking other people who share her rare disability. From her base in Brighton, she scans Facebook groups and plans flights. But pretty soon a global pandemic, pregnancy, and life get in the way. While this puts her journey on hold in some ways, it also gives time for her to open the documentary up to her world, as we follow her daily life and she speaks with wit and candour about the barriers – social, architectural, medical – that are constantly put in her way. Mixing gorgeous use of home movies and insightful chat with friends, this smart and engaging documentary asks many questions of inclusion, just as it illuminates the way we seek ourselves in others.
Rafa Sales Ross, Film Programmer
Ella Glendining will be at the festival to present her film.
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Is There Anybody Out There? is supported by Reclaim The Frame
Director: Ella Glendining
Ella Glendining is a writer-director dedicated to telling authentic disabled stories. She has written and directed short films with backing from Film4, the BFI, Arts Council England, Screen South, and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. Glendining was named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2020. She is currently writing a feature fiction film called Curiosities of Fools for the BFI.
Producer: Janine Marmot
Sales Agent: Autlook
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Photo: Ella Glendining in Is There Anybody Out There?
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