Living with 'disability' is a reality for many of us, yet seldom are disabled members of society seen on the big screen. Breakthrough hits like 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', 'My Left Foot' and 'Children of a Lesser God' illustrate the rich depth of experience and valuable stories that should be and are being told. From the bizarre ('Freaks') to the inspiring ('Mask') from the sweet ('Mozart and the Whale') to the tough as nails ('Murderball').

Blindsight (2006)

Director: Lucy Walker
Starring: Sabriye Tenberken, Erik Weihenmayer

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalayas, this inspiring documentary follows the gripping adventure of six Tibetan teenagers who set out... Read more

Blink (1994)

Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, Laurie Metcalf

Madeline Stowe gives a revelatory performance as a gutsy but vulnerable folk musician, blind since childhood, who regains her vision just in time to w... Read more

Body / Antibody (2007)

Director: Kerry Douglas Dye, Jordan Hoffman
Starring: Robert Gomes, Leslie Kendall Dye, Frank Deal, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Antony Hago...

Kip Polyard suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder and hasn't left his apartment in 10 months; but now the seductive Celine has moved in next door... Read more

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Raymond J Barry, Tom Berenger, Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Caroline Kava

The gut-wrenching true story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in battle and returned home to eventually become... Read more

Brimstone and Treacle (1982)

Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Sting , Denholm Elliott, Joan Plowright, Suzanna Hamilton

An eerie, psychological drama about a manipulative and mesmerising young man (Sting) who worms his way into the home and lives of a middle class coupl... Read more

Brimstone and Treacle (1987)

Director: Barry Davis
Starring: Denholm Elliott, Michael Kitchen, Patricia Lawrence, Michelle Newell

Originally recorded by the BBC in 1976, this devastating drama from Dennis Potter upset the head of programming so much that it never went to air unti... Read more

Change, Loss and Grief (2011)

'Change, Loss and Grief' is filmed in NZ Sign Language with English subtitles. It features members of the Deaf Community sharing their experiences of... Read more

Charly (1968)

Director: Ralph Nelson
Starring: Cliff Robertson, Claire Bloom, Lilia Skala

When a mentally retarded man named Charly (Cliff Robertson) undergoes experimental brain surgery, he is miraculously freed from the prison of his own... Read more

Children Of A Lesser God (1986)

Director: Randa Haines
Starring: William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie

William Hurt and Marlee Matlin star in this filmed adaptation of the hit Broadway play about John Leeds, an idealistic special education teacher, and... Read more

Chocolate (2008)

Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Starring: Jeeja Yanin Vismitananda, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Taphon Phopwandee...

From the director of 'Ong Bak' comes another martial arts extravaganza, and this time the ass-kicker is an autistic girl, the product of an illicit re... Read more