Disabled youngster from Norfolk to premiere film

A film made by young people from Norfolk is set to be premiered in London.

Disabled youngsters from the Norfolk Youth Forum will travel to Westminster on January 24 for a showing of their film 'Don't Dis Me I'm Able.'

After six months of learning the skills of film making, the group whose members come from across Norfolk, will launch their film to MPs, peers, celebrities and disability campaigners at Portcullis House in Westminster.

It is a celebration of disability and includes interviews with famous faces including MP David Blunkett and paralympic gold medallist Tanni Grey Thompson.

The young people have been working on the film for the past six months after securing �20,000 in 'Mediabox' funding for the project.

It is an exploration of the lives and aspirations of their disabled heroes mixed with inspirational stories and insight into their own lives.

A spokesman said: 'With a desire to be seen simply as normal, the young filmmakers contrast the lives of the famous with their own hopes and dreams.

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'The filmmakers are all part of the Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People's Youth Forum. The group, which has been running for just over a year is designed to help members with confidence and independence by giving them control of everything the group does.

'Film is used by the group as a powerful way of having a voice and the 'Mediabox' grant has enabled them to travel around the country interviewing some of their heroes. The project has equipped them all with skills in film making, research, animation and marketing and distribution.'