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Accessibility criteria*

  • Accessible car-parking
  • BSL Interpretation
  • Induction Loop available
  • Relaxed Performance
  • Wheelchair access

* Other Access Details available on request

Defiant Lives is the previously untold story of how the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia literally changed the world we live in.

The film, made by film-maker Sarah Barton, features interviews with more than 30 of the leading activists of the past 40 years, plus more than 600 pieces of archival footage and photographs sourced from around the globe. The story is supported by a stirring soundtrack, which strongly places the audience emotionally at the heart of the action.

Defiant Lives introduces the world to the most impressive activists you’ve never heard of and tells the story of the rise and fight of the disability rights movement in the United States, Britain and Australia.

Featuring exclusive interviews with elders (some now deceased) who’ve led the movement over the past five decades, the film weaves together never-before-seen archival footage with the often-confronting personal stories of disabled men and women as they moved from being warehoused in institutions to fighting for independence and control over their lives. Once freed from their imprisonment, disabled men and women took on the big charities, criticising the use of celebrities to beg on their behalf. They chained themselves to public transport around the world and demanded access “to boldly go where everyone else has gone before”; and they lobbied for support to live ordinary lives in the community with family, lovers and friends.

Defiant Lives is a triumphant film full of extraordinary characters who put their lives on the line to create a better and very different world where everyone regardless of impairment is valued and can participate.

“Uplifting and beautifully told, Defiant Lives subverts our expectations.”Nicole Ma – Director Putuparri and the Rainmakers

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Certificate PG. Running time 90 minutes. After the film there will be a panel discussion.

Please note earlier start time (7pm)


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?Parking is very limited at the Centre but there are plenty of options and good public transport links—http://www.elfm.co.uk/news/seacroft-methodist-chapel-info/

Access DetailsChapel FM is fully accessible for wheelchair users although there are a limited number of wheelchair spaces in our theatre so please let us know if you can that you are coming and would like a wheelchair space. We have an induction loop and will be showing this film with open captions. We would encourage people to use the Movie Reading app if they need an audio description and we can provide the appropriate equipment if needed.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?You can always give Chapel FM a call on 0113 22 55 944

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A Relaxed Show...

What is a relaxed performance?
Relaxed performances offer a warm welcome to people who find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre behaviour. This can include: people with learning disabilities, movement disorders, autistic spectrum disorder, other neurological conditions, those with young children or babies, and of course, people with Tourettes.

Many other people may choose to attend a relaxed performance, either as an access requirement or because they like the inclusive environment.

Relaxed performances take a laid-back approach to noises or movement coming from the audience. They give everyone permission to relax and respond naturally. Many people feel that relaxed performances offer a more dynamic theatrical experience, which benefits everyone.

Information for Five Years

There is specific pre-show guide available regarding the performance of Five Years at Chapel FM. Click on the links to download it in either .DOC or .PDF formats. And for any further information please email adrian@headstogether.org or call Chapel FM on 0113 22 55 944

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