It’s no secret that the digital media industry has been the site of rapid and surprising change in recent decades. The market for screen content of all kinds – as well as screen-adjacent storytelling like podcasts – is hungry for fresh stories and new, authentic voices. And as platforms multiply and consolidate, the boundaries between mass market and niche have softened.
What does this mean for marginalised voices – especially writers, creative professionals and performers with disability – who’ve traditionally been underrepresented in the media mainstream? And – how about marginalised audiences?
In this panel conversation, we’ll discuss how artists with disability across the globe are engaging with the new digital order, and making entertaining and innovative work. Does the changing market offer new possibilities for access and creative expression? And how can we bring forward a future where people with disability have meaningful and lasting careers in the media arts?
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Drinks available for purchase on the night.
Presented in partnership with The Other Film Festival & Arts Access Victoria with the support of City of Melbourne and Screen Australia.
This event will be Auslan interpreted and live-captioned.
Adolfo Aranjuez is an editor, writer, speaker and dancer. He is currently the Melbourne International Film Festival’s publications and content manager as well as Liminal magazine’s publication editor; previously, he edited the magazines Metro and Archer. Adolfo’s essays, criticism and poetry have appeared in Meanjin, Right Now, Screen Education, The Manila Review, Cordite and elsewhere, and he has worked with numerous organisations including the Melbourne Writers Festival, Midsumma, ABC TV and Arts Access Victoria.
Erin Kyan is a disabled, queer and trans writer, performer, and podcast producer. He first moved into podcasting in 2017 with the Love and Luck podcast, a fiction podcast about the LGBTIQA+ community in his home town of Melbourne, which has been critically acclaimed by podcast journalists and has been a finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards two years in a row.
Eliza Hull is a musical artist, writer, journalist and disability advocate – and a contributor to Growing Up Disabled in Australia. Her podcast series on parenting with a disability, We've Got This, was one of Radio National’s and ABC Life’s most successful series of all time.