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Nathan and Abby on Ch 7’s The Daily Edition!

October 12, 2016

Earlier last month our ambassadors Abby Earl and Nathan Basha appeared on national television to advocate for more diversity and inclusion in Film!

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National Disability Awards Finalist!

September 22, 2016

We are so excited to be nominated as a 2016 National Disability Awards Finalist for our commitment to breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for people with disability within the film industry.
For six years we’ve worked with, and have been supported by Taste Creative to challenge the accepted notions of disability and create opportunities for equal participation and representation for people with disability within the film industry! We work with an extensive team of like minded people who believe in this work, we want to thank everyone who is on the journey with us!

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Bus Stop Films is a partner in a game changing initiative to support people with disabilities in the film industry!

September 19, 2016

Screen NSW has launched Screenability NSW, a new program to create opportunities in the screen industry for people with disabilities.

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BEING: ‘Gratus’ – A Mental Health Film

August 26, 2016

In July, Elena from the BEING policy team attended the film premiere of Gratus. Gratus, which in Latin means ‘thankful’, is a short film about experiencing mental illness and the role gratitude can play in recovery. The film was created by nine people with a lived experience of mental illness as part of a 10-week documentary studies program delivered by Bus Stop Films and 3 Bridges Community.

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Kaleido Issue 3: Creativity for Social Change

July 01, 2016

Winning Tropfest at 20 years of age was only the beginning for filmmaker Genevieve Clay-Smith. The NSW Young Australian of the Year has been extending her passion for inclusive filmmaking through Bus Stop Films and Taste Creative.

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White bread performance won’t cut the mustard

June 10, 2016

“That weekend dispelled a few stigmas about inclusion, both on a film set and in the workforce generally, that it’s too hard to employ a person with a disability, that it will compromise on quality, and that it will slow things down.”

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Bus Stop Films on Saturday Disney

June 09, 2016

One Saturday morning, Bus Stop Films was visited by Nathan from Saturday Disney — where they had a peek into a typical film studies class with Genevieve, Bus Stop’s co-founder. Interviews ensue along with some witty banter with the students, potential future as an actor-producer for Nathan (presenter at Saturday Disney) with our very own Nathan Basha at the helm, and also, how all this amazing work started.

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Wollongong social enterprise Flagstaff becomes a movie set

June 02, 2016

When more than 200 staff working in various divisions of the Flagstaff Group at Nolan Street, Unanderra finished work on Friday some of their work stations turned into a movie set. A partnership between the disability enterprise and short film production company Bus Stop Films is resulting in the production of a film that promotes inclusive filmmaking for people with a disability.

Ms Smith said the when she saw the Flagstaff Commercial Laundry on a previous visit she thought what a great location. The new short film stars American actress Jamie Brewer who is best known for her role in the television series American Horror Story. She is also the first model with Down Syndrome to walk on the New York catwalk.

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‘Give us a chance’: American Horror Story star Jamie Brewer on tackling Hollywood with a disability

June 01, 2016

If you’re a fan of the American Horror Story anthology, you’ll be more than familiar with Jamie Brewer. The 31-year-old actress has played three separate roles over the course of the Emmy-winning series’ life. In the first season, she was Addie, the daughter of Jessica Lange’s Constance Langdon. In the third season, she played Nan, a clairvoyant witch. And most recently, she voiced Marjorie, a ventriloquist’s (played by Neil Patrick Harris) demonic doll.

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Why Jamie Brewer reminds that on-screen diversity is about more than race and gender

June 01, 2016

American actor and activist Jamie Brewer arrived in Australia last week. She spent much of her time speaking about inclusiveness and diversity on screen, and collaborating with not-for-profit organisation Bus Stop Films to conduct workshops for actors who have disabilities.

During a year of heightened discussion around diversity on our screens, her visit can remind us that this conversation extends – or ought to extend – to more areas than race and gender. Correcting imbalances in these areas is of fundamental importance; correcting an ingrained prejudice against actors who have disabilities should not be excluded from our efforts.

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Actress Jamie Brewer advocates for increased diversity and inclusion in film and television

May 26, 2016

On the 26th of May 2016, Jamie Brewer and our co-founder Genevieve Clay-Smith were on ABC 7.30, advocating for greater diversity and inclusion in the film and television industry. They spoke of the need for authentic casting, the amazing opportunity Bus Stop Films presents and the upcoming dance-drama-comedy, ‘Kill Off’.

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Jamie Brewer’s call for inclusion on screens

May 25, 2016

American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer is in Australia to encourage more individuals with disabilities to become part of the film and television industry.

The 31-year-old, who has Down Syndrome is scheduled to address the Australian Film Television Radio School in Sydney on Wednesday, May 25.

Ms Brewer’s address is expected to highlight new pathways being fostered through the school, Screen NSW and Bus Stop Films.

The pathways pave the way for more people with disabilities to kick start careers in front of the camera and in screen production.

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Jamie Brewer – Hollywood’s Most Inspiring Actress

May 23, 2016

While here to work with us on a project, American Horror Story star Jamie Brewer talked with Studio 10 and wowed Australian audiences with her passionate advocacy for inclusion. Jamie is starring in our new film called ‘Kill Off’ and during her stay, we’ve been determined to facilitate opportunities for her to share her insight with Australians about the abilities of people living with a disability.

“When you see the physical part, you think they look different, they must be sick or something – we’re not, we are not that way. Once you really get to know someone that has a disability…the heart is what matters.”

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The actress with Down syndrome wowing Hollywood – and she’s coming to Australia

May 20, 2016

“We’re on the back foot in terms of inclusion and diversity in film making in Australia,” says Genevieve Clay-Smith, founder of Bus Stop Films and the 2015 AWW Qantas Women of the Future competition winner. Genevieve is hoping that bringing Jamie to Australia to work on a Bus Stop project being made by 11 of her students will go a long way towards changing that.

“Jamie is a great source of inspiration,” says Genevieve, who’s not-for –profit Bus Stop Films teaches special needs students film-making. “We asked her to be in our film and meet the students and she agreed.”

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Jamie Brewer in American Horror Story

American Horror Story star Jamie Brewer to speak in Sydney

May 11, 2016

American Horror Story star Jamie Brewer will speak at a special Screen NSW and AFTRS event on May 25 to draw attention to the need for more diversity and inclusion in the screen industries, where Screen NSW and AFTRS have formed ties with Bus Stop Films to bring inclusion to the film industry.

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Push for roles for disabled cast and crew

May 10, 2016

American actress Jamie Brewer, best known for the TV series American Horror Story, is heading to Australia to push for more screen roles for people with a disability, as she plays a lead role in Bus Stop Films’ upcoming short film.

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UTS Alumni Profile: Rewriting the Script

Rewriting the Script

May 02, 2016

Genevieve Clay-Smith can see no reason why people’s opportunities should be limited by factors beyond their control.

“People with disabilities really lack points of access to employment of choice,” she explains. “It’s pretty unfair that if you’re born a certain way, and society has stigmas about you, you won’t be able to go into an industry that you’re interested in.”

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Genevieve Clay-Smith can see no reason why people's opportunities should be limited by factors beyond their control. “People with disabilities really lack points of access to employment of choice,” she explains. “It's pretty unfair that if you're born a certain way, and society has stigmas about you, you won't be able to go into an industry that you’re interested in.”

InStyle May 2016: The Future is NOW!

May 01, 2016

Our co-founder, Genevieve Clay-Smith was one of the finalists for this year’s $10,000 InStyle and Audi Style Scholarship.

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Article published in The National Institute on Intellectual Disability’s journal, Interaction Volume 28#3 ISSUE 2014.

August 13, 2015

Genevieve contributed to the journal article Interaction volume 28 #3 Issue 2015, Inside: The Arts and Disability Part 1, to share her process and philosophy behind her successful filmmaking program for people with an intellectual disability.

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Bus Stop student in Inner West Courier

July 07, 2015

Libby Banks gives insight into making Heartbreak and Beauty from her role as a co-director on the film. Libby and 11 of her filmmaking peers created the experimental short film over 10 months of creative development workshops under the guidance of mentors.

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I Am Emmanuel wins Best Australian Short film – Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

May 11, 2015

I Am Emmanuel has taken out Best Australian Short Film at the annual Human Rights Arts and Film Festival on May 8th in Melbourne at ACMI Federation Sq.

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Sydney sudanese community on world map

February 19, 2015

THE desire to “start a conversation” about refugees in Australia led Isha Kamara to help create a film showcasing the Sydney Sudanese community to the world.

Ms Kamara helped bring short film I Am Emmanuel, directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith, to the screen.

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Award winner screens inclusive films at BBFF

February 17, 2015

Films made with the help of those who are often sidelined and voiceless will be given a voice in the upcoming 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival.

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Movie making PDF from just better care

February 12, 2015

Bus Stop Films co-founder, Genevieve Clay-Smith, says one of the main goals of her organisation’s first upcoming screening is to show people what is possible.

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Inclusive film making

February 12, 2015

On Sunday night, my movie No God, No Master was honored with two awards at the 17th annual Northampton International Film Festival—the Audience Choice Award and Jury Prize for Best Feature Film.

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They’re raving about short film featuring local talent

July 08, 2014

A SHORT film featuring western Sydney talent from the South Sudanese community in Bankstown, has screened in the official competition of the Oscar-qualifying film festival, Palm Springs International Shortfest, California.

The film received rave reviews last month when it screened at the Palm Springs Shortfest, ranked as the world’s fifth most prestigious festival behind Cannes, Sundance, Venice and Berlin.

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Tropfest filmmaker has help in focus – The Sutherland Shire 2012

July 26, 2012

A TROPFEST winner from Monterey has been using her skills to help people with disabilities engage in professional film-making.

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