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!
Screen NSW has launched Screenability NSW, a new program to create opportunities in the screen industry for people with disabilities.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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’.read more
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.read more
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.”read more
“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.”read more
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.read more
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.”read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
A TROPFEST winner from Monterey has been using her skills to help people with disabilities engage in professional film-making.read more