Petersham Town Hall
107 Crystal Street, Petersham


Friday, 4 December at 6pm
6pm: Live panel discussion
7pm: Performances
8pm: Filmscreening: The Peanut Butter Falcon.

About IDPwD

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.

It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.  

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Inclusive Film Festival (IFF) - 4 December 2020

What IFF we included everybody all the time? 

Inner West Council in partnership with Accessible Arts, Mable, Settlement Services international and Disability Services Australia invite you to IFF. 

Let’s come together, support and elevate the voices of people with disability at this uniquely inclusive and accessible event at the Petersham Town Hall.

Our vision is to model inclusive practice, to build a space where diversity is valued and thrives. A place of ideas, to share stories and collective experience through a celebration of film and discussion. This is the signature annual event for the Inner West celebrating International Day of People with Disability.  

Film festival program

6pm: Live panel discussion
7pm: Performances
8pm: Filmscreening of The Peanut Butter Falcon

There'll be popcorn, drinks, chocolate, fresh rice paper rolls served, and BYO food is also fine to bring.

Downloadable Program (PDF 2.3MB)

Downloadable Word Program  (DOCX 26.6KB)

Register to attend

Can't make it to the live event?

If you can't make the live event, you can watch a live screening of the event for free. Use the event access code at the link below:


Watch the event live stream for free 

About the film 

The Peanut Butter Falcon tells the story of Zak, a young man with disability, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck. 

Performer bios

Madeleine Stewart 

Madeleine Stewart

Award-winning comedian Madeleine Stewart charms audiences everywhere with a sweet demeanour, veiling razor-sharp wit. Drawn from her own lived experience, Madeleine explores what it is to be a disabled woman. From dating horror stories to weird encounters with the able-bodied, there’s humour in all aspects of life.

Madeleine has performed with Adam Hills, Rove McManus, and Andrew Denton. A hilarious turn on ABC Tonightly with NDIS Fails, showcased her ground-breaking exploration of disability and social norms. Madeleine won the AMP Tomorrowmaker award for her production of inclusive, accessible comedy show ‘Crips & Creeps’. With shows at the Sydney Fringe and Sydney Comedy Festival, Madeleine is rising fast, with no sign of slowing down. 
Lara Nakhle 

Lara Nakhle

Lara Nakhle is a 22-year-old pop/contemporary singer who connects with audiences of all ages and has sung across Australia including The Invictus Games Sydney 2018, several times a Star City Sydney and a headline for the International line-up of the White Cane Day concert held on 15 October this year.
Lara is New Zealand born of Australian of Lebanese origin. She started singing at a very young age.  Since 2007 at age 10, Lara has performed at a range of events around Sydney, including singing competitions, church masses, corporate functions, charity fundraisers, song writing showcases, weddings and more.
In 2017 she reached top on The Voice Australia, and completed a Bachelor of Arts Psychology in 2019, both singing and motivational speaking locally and across Australia.
Karims Mojo Disco 

Karim’s Mojo Disco

Get your mojo risin’ with Karim, the world’s premiere motivational NON-speaker! Karim’s Mojo Disco is a life changing motivational presentation by three time “Don’t Dis My Ability” ambassador, Abdul-Karim Bouchafaa. Karim has a message of positivity and inclusion for everybody.
Faced with the challenges of pandemic life that have kept live performers off the stage this year, Karim started offering 15-minute Uplifting Morning Tea Zoom Discos on Tuesdays at 11am. These have attracted a steady following and become a permanent fixture.
Karim is delighted to be in the 2020 Inclusive Film Festival! Guaranteed to put a smile on your dial and a spring in your step, Karim’s Mojo Disco could change the way you think about people living with disability and might just change the way you look at the world altogether.

Panellist bios 

Anthea Willams

Anthea Williams

Anthea Williams is a Theatre and Film director. Her short Safety Net shown at both the 2020 Sydney Film Festival and New Zealand International Film Festival.
Her production of Hir won Best Director and Best Mainstage Production at the Sydney Theatre Awards in 2017. Since Ali Died won Best Cabaret in 2018. Anthea was Associate Director at both Belvoir (Sydney) and The Bush (London). Anthea’s radio show and podcast Activated Arts about professional artists living with disability plays monthly on 2RPH. Photo Credit: Brett Broadman.
Jax Jacki Brown 

Jax Jacki Brown

Jax Jacki Brown (they/them) is a disability and LGBTIQA+ rights activist, writer, and educator.
Jax works as senior advisor in disability at Drummond street services.
They advocate for LGBTIQA+ disability communities in their roles advising the Victorian government and other organisations. Jax is a dog person but lives with a very fluffy cat in a leafy suburb of Melbourne where they fly the rainbow flag flamboyantly and proud.
Paul Nunnari 

Paul Nunnari

Paul came to prominence as The Other Superman on Australia's Got Talent in 2013. Since this time, Paul has performed on several major productions around the world.
In 2019 Paul was cast in Little Monsters by Australian director Abe Forsythe. In 2020 Paul performed in Justene Williams' stage production of She Conjured the Clouds with Emma Watson from The Wiggles as part of the Sydney Festival. The production sold out and received critical reviews.
Gayle Kennedy  

Gayle Kennedy

Gayle Kennedy’s from the NSW Ngiyaampa Nation. Gayle’s book Koori Girl Goes Shoppin’ was shortlisted for the 2005 David Unaipon Award.
She won it in 2006 with ‘Me, Antman & Fleabag’.
She’s also published 11 children’s books with OUP and articles and poems in national & international publications. 
Hannah Solomons 

Hannah Solomons

Hannah Solomons is a disability activist working on her PhD thesis “The Wig, the Wheelchair and the New World Order” which looks at how making people with disabilities the exception threatens everyone’s rights.

She has held important roles in national disability peak bodies and is active in grassroots projects to support people with autism and epilepsy. Earlier this year she featured on the ABC’s You Can’t Ask That program for autism spectrum disorder. 


This will be a celebration of film that is accessible for the whole community to experience. We will have:

  • audio descriptions
  • Auslan interpreters
  • open captions
  • image descriptions 
  • accessible seating that is not up the back
  • all assistance animals will be welcome
  • lowered counters
  • quiets zone during the films

For further information, please contact julia.phillips@innerwest.nsw.gov.au



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