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Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Ruth Madeley to star in factual drama 'Independence Day? How Disabled Rights Were Won' on BBC Two


Marking the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act, Ruth Madeley stars in film based on the remarkable true story of the people behind an irrepressible campaign of direct action that lead to significant steps forward in the battle for disabled civil rights in Britain

Independence Day? How Disabled Rights Were Won (w/t) is based on the remarkable true story of the people behind an irrepressible campaign of direct action that lead to significant steps forward in the battle for disabled civil rights in Britain.

Written by multiple Bafta winner Jack Thorne and award-winning actor-turned-writer Genevieve Barr, the film tells the story through the eyes of Barbara Lisicki (Ruth Madeley) and Alan Holdsworth, two disabled cabaret performers who met at a gig in 1989 and would go on to become the driving force behind DAN - the Direct Action Network, whose fearless and coordinated protests pushed the campaign for disabled rights into the spotlight.

The film will be directed by Bruce Goodison and Amit Sharma. Bruce is a Bafta-winning director whose credits include BBC Three's Murdered By My Father and BBC One's hit drama Doctor Foster. Amit was one of several directors for BBC Four's Prix Italia winning and Bafta-nominated Crip Tales, and has previously been associate director of Graeae Theatre Company.

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