A2K Media nurtures disabled creative talent and brings authentic representation of disability and inclusion to our screens. A2K Media also provide customised disability inclusion training for the screen sector. .
We intend to fully explore and carry out the necessary research through a comprehensive consultative process with both the disability community and the early learning education community to identify how the effective use of comedy can be applied as inclusive entertainment, and as an engaging communication vehicle for children with disability.
The outcomes will influence and make possible the future development and creation of a meaningful multiplatform comedy series.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
This grant provides us with the opportunity to do the necessary research that is imperative prior to going into the development stage of a children’s disability sketch comedy series. As a disability led production company, it is nice to feel valued, respected and included in the arts sector.
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
It is our strong belief that in order to make an inclusive disability advocacy and empowerment production, which involves many children with disability and many disabled crew; it is not possible to go straight into the development phase. Careful and detailed research must be conducted first, so that all people involved in the production feel respected, and that all access requirements are met. It is our experience that this “research period” has been the missing part of the puzzle with regards to involving more people with disability on screen. Time for research and time to consult with the disability community is vital in order to get the process right.
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
We are looking forward to the entire research period but in particular to consulting with the disability community, including disabled children, adults who have grown up disabled and leading advocates in the disability community. We are excited about developing research that will enable us to then develop an inclusive children’s sketch comedy program as well as being able to use this research to assist the screen sector to be more inclusive.
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
We aim to have done the necessary research required to then be able to use this research to apply for development funding with screen agencies, so that we can write the scripts and develop FREEWHEELING. This will be a children’s sketch comedy show reflecting the opinions, observations and experiences of people living with disability.
With the aim of setting the benchmark standard paradigm for the Australian screen industry with regards to how to make “disability inclusive” television, our aim is for the screen industry to use our research as a positive example for future inclusive screen projects.
At the end of this process we see ourselves as ready and confident to develop a children’s disability program and better equipped to help educate the screen industry to become more inclusive.