For the first time in five years, Charlie Swinbourne went to the UK’s Deaf film and television festival Deaffest as a journalist rather than as a filmmaker. He reviews the festival and this year’s batch of films.
Wolverhampton might not seem like the obvious place for a Deaf film and television festival, but with a historically Deaf-friendly local university, there’s a high proportion of Deaf people living, working and studying in the city.
Once a once a year, this gets pushed to another extreme as film fans and film makers gather for Deaffest, which was held at The Lighthouse media centre between 25-27 May. During the weekend, you can barely walk down a street without meeting another Deaf person from a different part of the UK. This year I met people from Preston, Derby and Manchester, all before I’d even reached the venue…
[to read the rest of this review at Disability Arts Online, click here: http://www.disabilityartsonline.org.uk/Deaffest-2012]
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