Shakespeare in Tokyo
Tackling the lack of representation of people with a disability in our cultural sectors has been a substantial challenge that has prevented proper public awareness about the lives of so many Australians. Through the collaboration of workshops one organisation Bus Shop Films has developed inclusive filmmaking programs that allow for a voice for the disabled in the creation of stories. Recently this inspired the short-film “Shakespeare in Tokyo,” a heart-warming story that would touch the hearts of the most cynical of viewers.
It focuses on the adventures and courage of the lead character Ben as he navigates Tokyo to attain autonomy in the community as an individual with down-syndrome. Stephen Hill talked to the lead actor Gerard O’Dwyer and producer Henry Smith to tell us about the empowering message of this film.