“We all know about the civil rights movement and the gay rights movement and the disability rights movement should really sit alongside them in our minds and our history books”. Director Sarah Barton
Defiant Lives, the powerful new feature documentary by Australian director Sarah Barton releases nationally on July 17 with a series of special premiere screenings and Q&As allowing audiences an opportunity to meet the filmmaker.
Nine years in the making Defiant Lives is the previously untold story of how the disability rights movement in Australia, the United States and Great Britain have changed the world we live in.
The film was invited to screen at the United Nations for the 10th Annual Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRDP) on June 14th.
This revelatory new documentary features interviews with more than 30 of the leading disability rights activists of the past 40 years, plus more than 600 pieces of archival footage and photographs sourced from around the globe.
Filmed over an 8-week journey funded by a Churchill Fellowship, Sarah Barton travelled to the US and the UK with her camera, tripod, lighting and sound gear in tow.
“I knew that I would only get one chance to meet these people so I regarded the process as recording my research, and those recordings became the bedrock of the film,” said Barton. On her return to Australia she continued recording interviews with Australian activists to give the film its Australian dimension.
Defiant Lives reframes disability as a human rights issue and moves away from the traditional ideas of individuals with disabilities who are so often portrayed as pitiable or inspirational.
“We all know about the civil rights movement and the gay rights movement and the disability rights movement should really sit alongside them in our minds and our history books,” Barton said.
Barton is well known in disability circles as the creator of NO LIMITS, which launched the career of the late comedian Stella Young and put disabled presenters on Australian screens every week. Her first film, UNTOLD DESIRES, was produced in 1995 and is widely acknowledged as well ahead of its time for its frank discussion about sexuality and disability.
Defiant Lives will be released in Australia, the United States and Britain through Demand.Film, the online, cinema on demand/crowdsourcing platform that puts the audience in the drivers’ seat for the film’s theatrical release. Defiant Lives will be released in cinemas around the world from July 2017.
Premiere Screenings Sydney
Monday 17 July Dendy Cinemas Newtown Sydney
Monday 17 July Event Cinemas George Street Brisbane
Monday 17 July New Farm Cinemas Melbourne
Tuesday 18 July Village Cinemas Geelong Melbourne
Wednesday 19 July Village Cinemas Jam Factory Canberra
Wednesday 19 July Event Cinemas Manuka Newcastle
Wednesday 19 July Event Cinemas Kotara
For bookings and information visit http://www.defiantlives.com