Defiant Lives Files

18 seasons | 2020

This is an exclusive Disability Busters series of longer interviews from the acclaimed documentary Defiant Lives. Activists talk about their role in the rise and fight of the disability rights movement. Supported by the City of Melbourne COVID 19 arts grants.

Themes

  • disability
  • rights
  • activism
  • activists
  • protest
  • advocacy

Cast

Directors

  • Sarah Barton

Genres

  • disability
  • rights
  • activism
  • activists
  • protest
  • advocacy

Cast

Directors

18 episodes Released 2020

Bruce Bonyhady interview part 1

Bruce Bonyhady interview part 1

In part one of this extended interview Bruce talks about the origins of Australia's national Disability Insurance Scheme and the vital role of the 202...

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Bruce Bonyhady Interview part 2

Bruce Bonyhady Interview part 2

In part 2 of this extended interview Bruce Bonyhady brings historical context to the notion that disabled people are deserving of social support and e...

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Bruce Bonyhady Interview part 3

Bruce Bonyhady Interview part 3

In part 3 of this extended interview Bruce Bonyhady explains the economic case for funding the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the various op...

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Bruce Bonyhady Interview part 4

Bruce Bonyhady Interview part 4

Speaking in 2011 Bruce Bonyhady anticipates the benefits of the National Disability Insurance Scheme when it is implemented and reflects on the unfair...

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Defiant Lives Files Trailer

Defiant Lives Files Trailer

The Defiant Lives Files is an exclusive series of extended interviews that were recorded over several years from 2010 - 2015 with pioneering activists...

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Frank Hall-Bentick Interview part 1

Frank Hall-Bentick Interview part 1

Activists Frank Hall-Bentick recalls his school days in a mainstream school and explains why segregated schooling often destroyed families. He discus...

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Frank Hall- Bentick Interview part 2

Frank Hall- Bentick Interview part 2

Frank Hall-Bentick puts disability activism into an international context through discussion of his contribution to the United Nations Convention on t...

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Gayle Rankine Interview

Gayle Rankine Interview

Gayle Rankine was a founding member of the First People's Disability Network. She talks about the disadvantages that indigenous people with disabilit...

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George Taleporos Interview

George Taleporos Interview

Dr George Taleporos remembers his early activism including begin asked to protest naked, and discusses why the National Disability Insurance scheme is...

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Lesley Hall Interview

Lesley Hall Interview

Lesley Hall became a pioneer of the disability rights movement when feminism lead her to protest against the Miss Victoria quest that raised money for...

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Lester Bostock Interview

Lester Bostock Interview

Lester Bostock was a pioneer in the indigenous rights movement in Australia working to increase representation of aboriginal people on our screens thr...

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Liz Carr interview

Liz Carr interview

Actor and activist Liz Carr talks about her experiences as a disability rights activist and the camaraderie that comes from getting arrested and fight...

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Mike Letch Interview

Mike Letch Interview

Mike Letch was injured racing motor bikes in England and began his life as a disabled person at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital where he was among the f...

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Peter Beresford Interview

Peter Beresford Interview

Peter Beresford is an English mental health services survivor and advocate. In this interview he talks about the broad inclusion of people who use me...

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Richard Devylder interview

Richard Devylder interview

Richard Devylder worked for the US department of Transportation. In this interview recorded for the documentary Defiant Lives Richard talks about air...

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Rosemary Crossley Interview

Rosemary Crossley Interview

Rosemary Crossley and Chris Borthwick talk about Rosemary's early experiences working in institutions and meeting Anne McDonald and the process that l...

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Stella Young Interview

Stella Young Interview

Comedian and activist Stella Young talks about pirates, witches and beauty pageants in this short interview recorded in 2008. This was the first inte...

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Steve Hurd Interview

Steve Hurd Interview

Steve Hurd was sent to live at the Victorian Institute for the blind at the age of 4. The experience radicalised him for life and he began rebelling ...

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