VIDEO: Film project shifts focus onto ability

Friendly Fire

DISABILITY is no barrier for these budding filmmakers.

The sky's the limit for participants from Disability Services Australia Blacktown Day Options after they entered Nova Employment's Focus on Ability Short Film competition.

Friendly Fire was written, directed and acted by participants with moderate to severe intellectual and physical disabilities.

"The group wanted to show their abilities and demonstrate to other people with disabilities what can be achieved," centre co-ordinator Scott Morton said.

"We look at programs that suit participants' social and creative goals.

"A lot of them liked acting and that's why the film came about."

Participants spent 25 weeks on the project and included a one-hour documentary in the submission to show how Friendly Fire was made.

"They wanted to prove to parents and the community it was their own work," Mr Morton said.

He has seen a big difference in participants through the process.

"Their ability to socialise has gone through the roof," he said.

"They have become more independent, confident and are proud to show off the film.

"We've just moved into a bigger centre, which opens up more opportunities. There are plans to expand the project to other film genres including a news broadcast."

Mr Morton hopes to work with other disability organisations to create a sequel.

"It would bring more inclusiveness to people with a disability in the community so they can have better access to Blacktown," he said

"We want to show that Blacktown is an inclusive city."

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