Is There Anybody Out There?
United Kingdom2023documentary87'International Documentary Competition
What is normalcy really? Maybe it is just a statistical concept? Ella Glendinning, the film director and protagonist in one, defies stereotypes related to otherness and disability. Despite a severe body deformity, she lives her life to the fullest and finds fulfilment as a woman and artist. To find out whether there are people with a similar affliction elsewhere in the world, she sets off on a journey far away. The result of her exploration is a remarkably intimate, courageous and candid self-portrait which took many years to create. The film opens a discussion that may lead to a change in the perception of persons with disabilities.
- directed by
- Ella Glendining
Ella Glendining is a writer and director dedicated to telling authentic disabled stories. She works in both documentary and fiction and has written and directed short films with backing from Film4, the BFI, Arts Council England, Screen South, and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust. Ella is currently developing a historical drama feature for the BFI with disabled characters at its core. She currently has a short comedy-drama in post-production called ‘Pyramid of Disunion’.
- Annemarie Lean-Vercoe
- Erland Cooper
- Rachel Roberts
- Janine Marmot (Hot Property Films)