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Director  Justin Edgar
Music director  Kim Humphrey
Writer  Justin Edgar
Language  English
7.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
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Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  21 August 2007 (2007-08-21) (Edinburgh International Film Festival) 21 November 2008 (2008-11-21) (United Kingdom)
Initial release  November 21, 2008 (United Kingdom)
Initial DVD release  May 18, 2009 (United Kingdom)
Cast  David Proud (Scott Swadkins), Dominic Coleman (Jasper), Jason Maza (Dave), Simon Lowe (Policeman), Matthew Dunster (Toby)
Similar movies  Justin Edgar directed Special People and We Are the Freaks, The Acid House (1998), The Reeds (2010), Town of Runners (2012), The Purifiers (2004)

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Special People is a 2007 British film was directed by Justin Edgar for 104 Films. The film received widespread press coverage as a result of censorship of its disability themes.

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Plot

Enlisted to teach a class of wheelchair-users about filmmaking, the neurotic Jasper gets a little more than he bargained for. His charges seem to know more than he does about his subject; they're not impressed by his own heartfelt social realist oeuvre; and they meet his every suggestion with the blank indifference peculiar to the streetwise adolescent. Questions condescending outreach projects, self-defeating attitudes within the disabled community, and the vacuity of the film business - all with a sly wink and a healthy helping of self-parody

Cast

  • Jason Maza - Dave
  • David Proud - Scott Swadkins
  • Dominic Coleman - Jasper
  • Sasha Hardway - Anias
  • Robyn Frampton - Jess
  • Simon Lowe - Policeman
  • Production

    Special People, Directed by Justin Edgar for 104 Films. Filmed on location in Birmingham UK and the Malven Hills UK.

    Release

    Released on 21 November 2008 (UK) Special People attracted National press with the BBFC classifying the film as a 12A for "moderate sex references, language, violence and disability theme." Sparking criticism from cast and Disability groups that audiences should not have to be warned that a film has a disability theme.

    Reception

    Special People garnered widespread critical acclaim from critics and has a "certified fresh" score of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus states "Low budget British comedy which is sharply written and nicely acted whilst confounding disability misconceptions and prejudices on the way." On its release The Guardian hailed Special People as "A milestone in mainstream cinema" for its use of disabled cast. The Radio Times called it " A triumph of understated, heartfelt humour" and the Daily Mirror "A little gem"

    References

    Special People (film) Wikipedia
    Special People (film) IMDb Special People (film) themoviedb.org


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