Still from Lego stop motion film made at Sense's Glendale Resource CentreFilm 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.

Two young women in a kitchen - still from a film made at a transition weekendIn 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.


Film projects

Stop motion animation at Glenside Resource Centre

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