Disability in film

In an article that looks at how disability is represented in film, Tom Shakespeare (1999) observes that the “impairment is made the most important thing” while the disabled characters themselves are “objectified and distanced from the audience”. He goes on:

“The use of disability as character trait, plot device, or as atmosphere is a lazy short-cut. These representations are not accurate or fair reflections of the actual experience of disabled people. Such stereotypes reinforce negative attitudes towards disabled people, and ignorance about the nature of disability.” (Shakespeare, 1999) Continue reading “Disability in film”