This response is esoteric but hugely important to an organisation who fight for the rights of the learning disabled sector.

Hijinx’s vision is for it to be commonplace to see actors with learning disabilities on our TV and cinema screens.   Welsh Film and television should be reflecting the diversity of society AND provide equality of employment opportunities.

We endorse the Warwick Commission recommendations:

The government and the Cultural and Creative Industries need to take a united and coherent approach that guarantees equal access for everyone to a rich cultural education and the opportunity to live a creative life.  There are barriers and inequalities in Britain today that prevents this from being a universal human right.  This is bad for business and bad for society

To this end Hijinx will be launching a new film strand in 2018.  As people with learning disabilities generally do not have the qualification to access film/drama school we will be introducing Screen and Television training for those expressing and demonstrating a talent to work professionally in the industry.  

The ultimate ambition is for a learning disabled actor to have won a BAFTA by 2030.

In order to achieve this we need to influence and educate the creative industries to think differently about learning disabled people both in front of, and behind the camera.

Welsh Government’s support is needed to incentivise the creative industries to cast and employ more inclusively.  

·         Currently the audition process is inaccessible for learning disabled (LD) people. 

·         There is a lack of understanding about the implications of having LD actors in production

RECOMMENDATIONS

Professional learning disabled actors from Hijinx to train film/TV directors, cinematographers, scriptwriters and casting personnel on the issues and misconceptions around engaging learning disabled people in the industry.  (Hijinx has an excellent track record in providing communication training to NHS and the corporate sector using role play techniques)

 

Introduction of quotas?

Welsh government to provide a pot of money used to incentivise film and TV makers to engage learning disabled people.  This would allow Hijinx to support learning disabled actors on set or in the studio- coaching them to be ‘camera ready’.