Date posted: 29.01.2013
Delivered across London City Screen sites and funded by Film London's Cultural Film Exhibition Fund (CFEF), Access Cinema aims to improve the cinematic experience for disabled audiences. The programme's next film screenings are of The Punk Syndrome at the ICA, Ritzy Picturehouse and Hackney Picturehouse in early February.
Access Cinema programmes three main strands of films: "Signed Screen" with subtitles or interpreters for d/Deaf audiences; "As Seen on Screen" which highlights representations of disabled people in film; and child-friendly family and school screenings with d/Deaf and autism family days.
The scheme also promotes accessibility through specially developed marketing, staff training and the creation of resources to better assist people with additional access requirements. A seminar for exhibitors and distributors looking at the issues surrounding accessible cinema is also planned.
Film London's CFEF supports film exhibition activity in London through National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI. CFEF recognises excellence in the cultural film exhibition sector and supports projects that increase audiences for British and world cinema, celebrate otherwise unrepresented groups and sustain a rich viewing culture in London.
Programmed as part of As Seen on Screen, award-winning documentary The Punk Syndrome follows a band of disabled punk rockers called Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät. With songs rebelling against the treatment of disabled people, as well as the difficulties of everyday life, the band invariably wins over audiences and leaps from obscurity to popularity. The Punk Syndrome brings the band's fights, loves, frustrations and desires to the screen, celebrating their rebellion against the mainstream.
"I had a huge desire, nearly beyond words, to make this positive film," says director Jukka Kärkkäinen. "It all started in 2009 when the television news introduced Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät [...] The joy and the energy they transmitted to me were like tar that wouldn't wash off. I immediately thought I'd like to make a film about them. "
The band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät will be in attendance and available for Q&A at all screenings.