Film makers premiere disability movie

A group of disabled movie makers have premiered a film about growing up with disabilities in Stevenage.

The eight amateurs all from the town, wrote, produced, filmed and directed the short film to highlight services and employment opportunities available to others in their situation.

Representatives from The Valley School, Stevenage Swimming Centre, Stevenage Library, town councillors and police were all interviewed for the film, which was shown for the first time at Herts Police headquarters on Friday.

The work was the result of a 12 week technology and multimedia course offered by Stevenage-based companies INNOV8 ME and Yakkety-Yak Multimedia, who specialise in training disabled and disadvantaged people.

Jane Barnes, chief executive of Yakkey-Yak Multimedia, said she was delighted to showcase the film.

“Each of them worked incredibly hard over the 12-week course and have produced something that they can be proud of, which will also benefit the local community.

“All too often disabled members of the community can become isolated or overlooked and we are determined to break down these barriers through the courses we provide. During the 12-week programme, I have watched each participant make new friendships, gain new skills and grow in their confidence and self-esteem – all of which will be hugely beneficial to them in the future.”

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Film-maker Matt Blaschke-Templeman said: “Creating this film has been a great learning experience for me. I have made new friends and have learned many new skills. I hope that other disabled members of the community find the film helpful.”