Movies On My Mind

Creating space on screen for people with disabilities

When people with disabilities play themselves in films and television shows, it gives them visibility and helps the public understand them more

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You would not be familiar with the leading man in the acclaimed indie comedy The Peanut Butter Falcon, now showing in cinemas.

Listen up, because he is an actor more interesting than his big-name co-stars Shia LaBeouf, hero of the Transformers blockbuster franchise (2009 to 2011), and Dakota Johnson of Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015) infamy.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2020, with the headline Creating space on screen for people with disabilities. Subscribe