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Disability and Industrial Society on Screen: My Left Foot

Sun 13th September 2015

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, 2pm


my-left-foot.jpgHow are disabled people represented on screen? Can films have a role in the fight for disability rights? Join us for a screening of the 1989 film My Left Foot starring Daniel Day Lewis as an aspiring writer with cerebral palsy growing up in working-class Ireland. Followed by a discussion led by Dr Mike Mantin (Swansea University). UPDATE: Due to illness, Mike's talk has been cancelled, however the film will still be shown.

Starts 2pm. Free and open to all. For more information visit the National Waterfront Museum webiste.


Based on the story of Christy Brown, this highly acclaimed film depicts his struggle for a normal life. Born with cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family, Christy was able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds. With the help of his strong-willed and dedicated family and his own sheer courage and determination, Christy not only learns to grapple with life's simple physical tasks and complex psychological pains, but he also develops into a brilliant painter, poet and author.

(98 minutes)