Film and cinema are often thought of as visual and auditory experiences, and most of the time, that is true. Going to the cinema or enjoying a film with friends or alone is part of what it is to engage with culture and art.
People with multi-sensory impairments and associated disabilities are interested in film for the same reasons everyone is: they are drawn to the stories and the possibilities of storytelling. But, more than this, many multi-sensory impaired artists are interested in the art of cinema, including how to make film accessible, how to tell a story without words, and how to make the experience of cinema multi-sensory.
In our film work at Sense, we work in a variety of genres – documentary, fiction, short-film and stop-motion – to name a few.
We are involved in a number of projects that aim to promote accessible design in film, and we work with different film-makers to share the stories of MSI people in different ways to new audiences, always celebrating the creativity and lives of the people we support.
Growing up deafblind - Sense took a group of eight young deafblind people away for a weekend and supported them to make some short films about their experiences. Watch the films and read a report about the projects
First published: Wednesday 5 March 2014
Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2015