UK Disability Arts Alliance Day of Social Media Action
As an emergency response to the invisibility and exclusion of disabled people during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, a UK alliance of disabled artists, disabled-led and disability-focussed inclusive organisations is holding a series of campaigns to demand our involvement in planning for the future. On 17 June 2020 we are holding a Day of Social Media Action to highlight and celebrate the rich, beautiful and powerful voices of disabled artists from across the UK. These films are a 24 hour pop-up by kind arrangement with Home Manchester and ARC Stockton. They will be available on the HOME website from 18 June onward.
Vici’s Homemaker commission presents work in two parts – the short film Siege exploring what it means to be disabled and ‘looked at’ and The Wrong Woman Discussions, a series of five themed discussion films between disabled women performance makers. Both can be seen on their own but for the full experience it is recommended to watch the discussions before watching Siege to get the full impact of the work.
Siege – Written and directed by Vici Wreford-Sinnott
Performed by Philippa Cole
BSL interpretation Sue Lee
Content Warning : Strong language, disability discrimination, misogyny, sexual assault, use of a handgun, images of TV static
There are BSL, captioned and audio described versions of the film.
Siege is a short, filmed character monologue exploring what it means to be disabled and ‘looked at’. It’s from a longer-term piece of work and centres on the character of Mim (rhymes with quim). Mim, performed by the brilliant Philippa Coles, is a funny, edgy radical, trying to live a subversive lifestyle right slap bang in the middle of the radar, with a shame-free approach to the disabled female body, who can’t get a gig. What’s it gonna take to change that?
The monologue is a part of character exploration for a longer piece of work, originally intended to be a national touring production in 2021 – we’ll see what the future now brings but it has been interesting/challenging creating work to share in short film form in the digital realm. It’s neither a beginning nor an ending, it’s just where we are now.
You can find our more about the inspiration behind Siege in this blog post from Vici Wreford-Sinnott.
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Audio Described Version