Story to bring dis­abil­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tion to big screen

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS - Pierra Wil­lix

A script de­vel­oped to bring peo­ple who are of­ten un­der-rep­re­sented on screen will be brought to life in a short film writ­ten by a Rock­ing­ham woman.

Writ­ing scripts for the past 15 years, Tina Field­ing said she had spent a long time de­vel­op­ing a story that brought rep­re­sen­ta­tion for peo­ple with Down syn­drome and the LGBTIQ on to the big screen.

Sparkles fol­lows a 37-year-old woman with Down syn­drome who runs away from home and em­barks on a jour­ney from Kal­go­or­lie to Perth, form­ing an un­likely friend­ship with an out­back drag queen.

The de­vel­op­ment of the short film has been aided with a fund­ing in­jec­tion from Screen­west through the El­e­vate and Gen­er­ate Ini­tia­tives. The El­e­vate and Gen­er­ate Ini­tia­tives are skills de­vel­op­ment pro­grams that pro­vide sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of eight scripted short films or web se­ries.

Screen­west tal­ent de­vel­op­ment man­ager Eva Di Bla­sio said the high cal­i­bre of cre­ative tal­ent in this year’s projects were “ex­cep­tional with a strong num­ber of di­verse voices be­ing rep­re­sented on and off the screen”.

Liv­ing with Down syn­drome her­self, Field­ing said she wanted to bring peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity into film.

Tina Field­ing’s script Sparkles is be­ing turned into a short film.

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