Cinema: Is There Anybody Out There? – a BIFA nominated documentary directed by Ella Glendining
17 - 29 Nov 2023 (Past)
Accessible across cinema venunes in Ireland and can be watched on Demand.
Award-winning documentary, Is There Anybody Out There? follows filmmaker Ella Glendining’s global search for someone with a body that looks like hers, and explores what it takes to love yourself fiercely as a disabled person in an ableist world.
The UK and Ireland release is 17 November – where it will be available on demand and in cinemas. There is also a Q&A screening event in partnership with Reclaim The Frame followed by a discussion with director Ella Glendining on 27 November at IFI, plus an event ON 24th at Cork Film Festival.
A full list of screenings can be found: here.
The Director Ella Glendining says: “I want this film to reach as wide an audience as possible. I want it to humanise disabled people. I hope its non-disabled audience will question the way they think about and interact with disabled people, and for them to be less ableist as a result. And I want it to be a beacon of light for disabled people who are angry and sad. But this film is not just for disabled people, it is for anyone who’s ever been made to feel ‘other’. As well as being a condemnation of ableism, ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’ is a celebration of the resilience of the disabled community and of humanity in all its diversity. It is about disabled kinship and disabled pride. It is my love letter to the disability community and its allies. I hope it will be groundbreaking.”
Winner FIPRESCI Prize, International Documentary
Winner Silver Horn, Best Film on Social Issues, Krakow Film Festival 2023
British Independent Film Awards 2023
Nominated for Best Debut Director – Feature Documentary
Nominated for The Raindance Maverick Award
Winner BFI and Chanel Filmmaker Award 2023
The judges say: “What radiates from Ella’s work is attitude, something she has channelled to great effect into the fantastic Is There Anybody Out There? An important film for many reasons and so unique, but also quite simply a story brilliantly told and a debut feature beautifully executed.”
IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? – official theatrical trailer Groundbreaking documentary, Is There Anybody Out There? follows filmmaker Ella Glendining’s global search for someone with a body that looks like hers, and explores what it takes to love yourself fiercely as a disabled person in an ableist world.
Is There Anybody Out There? is in cinemas and at home from 17 November. “An affirming experience that prioritises celebration over pity, allowing disabled people to author their own stories and express the joy they find in being with others.” ★★★★★ Outtake Magazine
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