Not all of us are the type to explore a new country by ourselves. But imagine if the world thought you couldn’t? Recent short film Shakespeare in Tokyo follows a man thrust into Japan’s exciting metropolis and promptly told to stay in his hotel room — for fear he might endanger himself because of his Down syndrome.
Genevieve Clay-Smith learnt early on in her life that widening your world to include people a little bit different to you could have a profound and lasting effect on your life.
The pair share their behind the scenes adventures while making the film.
Bus Stop Films and Taste Creative are proud to bring home the Australian premiere of Shakespeare in Tokyo – a short film that follows an artist and Shakespeare fan with Down syndrome on his solo adventure through Japan’s bustling capital.
The driving force behind Bus Stop Films has taken her mission for inclusive filmmaking to Japan.
GenevieveClay-Smith is a writer, film director, Squizer and all-round excellent person. She is the founder and CEO of Bus Stop Films, a not-for-profit organisation that has put inclusion in the film industry front and centre. In 2015 she was named NSW Young Australian of the Year. Here, Genevieve puts down her night cheese long enough to tackle the Three Minute Squiz.
“Shakespeare in Tokyo” is the latest film by Australian director Genevieve Clay-Smith, a project she says aimed to open doors for the inclusion of marginalized groups in the filmmaking process.
Inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of life is critical.
I have been thinking about this a lot lately, as I am currently living in Cambodia where ‘disability’ is still very taboo. Many people have limited understandings of what different disabilities are, why they happen, what it means for the person and their family, but also what people with disabilities are capable of.