The Film Innocence
A man falls to his death in a care home. Two brothers are possible suspects. One of them lives at the home – he has Down syndrome. The other brother works at the home. Who do you think is the killer?
Movies and TV shows do not usually include people with disabilities. As a result, our understanding of them is limited too. They are often presented as victims or dependents. They are mostly standing aside, as things happen to them. It’s as if they have no control over their own lives, nor can even think of it in these terms.
The film’s director Ben Reid’s brother has Down syndrome. They watch a lot of films together. His brother wanted to watch films with authentic roles for people with Down syndrome. Films that show people with disabilities having the same needs and wants as everyone else.
People with Down syndrome can be strong and have powerful emotions. They can be villains and can commit mistakes, too. The film Innocence brings authentic representation of people living with Down syndrome to the screens.
Continue reading the interview with Innocence actor Tommy Jessop here. (Link)
Continue reading the interview with Innocence director Ben Reid here. (Link)
*Quotes are edited to Plain English.*