About our events

Young girl smiles at camera next to other children and adults laying on bean bags in a cinema, watching a film
Expanding the Frame, touch screen Credit: Will Pace 2023

Opening doors and breaking down barriers for disabled audiences

A three-year project supported by Film Hub Midlands that seeks to significantly improve access to cinema for disabled audiences in the West Midlands. MAC will pilot new programmes and events to ensure that disabled people can experience film in an accessible environment, as well as seeing themselves reflected on screen.

Expanding the Frame is made possible by the generosity of Film Hub Midlands.

Black and white logos for Expanding The Frame, Film Hub Midlands, BFI, BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) and The National Lottery.

Explore the programme

A woman dressed in white bends down to give something to a small child. A smiling child is standing behind her and a curious baby is looking at her hand.
Sarah Hamilton-Baker, Artist

touch screen

Join artist Sarah Hamilton Baker in MAC’s cinema for a sensory journey through film. In these monthly relaxed screenings you will be invited to touch, smell and feel your way through a collection of shorts.

Elaine Joseph, Associate Programmer
White man with a beard in a black shirt smiles at the camera.
Conor O'Donovan, Guest Programmer

Disability on film

A season of films which look at how disabled people have been portrayed on screen.

Put together by Elaine Joseph, an associate programmer who is an audio describer and founding member of SoundScribe, and Conor O’Donovan, a guest programmer with lived experience of disability who is keen to get audiences to think beyond the usual tropes.

Inclusive cinema

We are also improving access across our wider cinema programme at MAC with increased use of descriptive subtitles and audio description, and greater representation of disabled stories and voices.

Check out our wider accessible programme.

List of Events

  1. An electric wheelchair user (James McAvoy) moves forwards with their mouth open, with children on scooters either side of them.

    Disability On Film: Inside I'm Dancing

  2. A group of men in 70s clothes stand in a line, the one at the front reading a newspaper and the man behind him using crutches. Behind them is a brick wall covered in posters for various music gigs.

    Disability On Film: Sex & Drugs & Rock'n'Roll

  3. An aerial shot of lots of brightly coloured umbrellas on a beach, with various stop motion humans lying on beach towels.

    touch screen: Summer

  4. A teenager with longer hair looks at a woman, resting their head on her shoulder.

    Disability On Film: What's Eating Gilbert Grape?