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Positions, policies and portrayals of deafblindness: film screening of Whirlpool

Join us for a screening of the award-winning short film Whirlpool, on the life of Helen Keller. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on deafblindness today.

Speakers include

  • Kate Baxter and Elizabeth Dixon (creators of Whirlpool): making Whirlpool and portrayals of deafblindness in the media
  • Morgon Banks (Research Fellow, LSHTM): results from the “2018 Global Report on Deafblindness”, including data from 22 countries on the situation of people with deafblindness
  • Alison Marshall (Director, Sense International): service provisions for people with deafblindness in resource-constrained settings

About the seminar:

Helen Keller, who became deafblind as an infant, is one of the most well-known civil rights and disability activists. Whirlpool is a short film about her life, which has won over 10 awards including the RIFA 2017 Inspiration Award at BAFTA and has qualified for the 2019 Academy Award live-action short category. After screening the film, panellists will discuss the situation of deafblindness today, combing perspectives from academia, media and non-profit sectors. Panellists include: the directors, producers, writers and actress of Whirlpool, Kate Baxter and Elizabeth Dixon; Alison Marshall, the Director of Sense International (, the leading global charity supporting people with deafblindness; and Morgon Banks, a researcher with the International Centre for Evidence in Disability and a contributor to the “2018 Global Report on Deafblindness”.

Registration is not required. If coming from outside the school, please sign in at reception when you arrive, and a member from ICED will be waiting in the foyer to accompany you to the theatre.

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Free and open to all. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.


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