A white woman with black hair looks ahead with strands of hair falling over her face.

About Disability On Film: Dummy

Directed by Franc Roddam, Dummy is a 1977 documentary drama based on the true story of Sandra, a deaf woman growing up in 1950s Bradford in near poverty.

Starring a young Geraldine James in the lead role, this film (originally made for television) serves as a gritty depiction of working class life in Britain and an education in the harsh realities of many deaf children around the country, showing Sandra being forced to lip read and speak - and being systematically punished if she uses sign language.

We are excited to present this film for the very first time with audio description from Disability On Film guest programmer Elaine Lillian Joseph from Audio Description collective, SoundScribe.

Flatpack 2024

The eclectic pop-up film festival returns to MAC.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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