Petersham Town Hall
107 Crystal Street, Petersham


Friday, 17 December from 6pm
Performances: 6:30pm
Panel:  7:30pm
Films: 8:30pm

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): 17 December 2021

What IFF we included everybody all the time?

Inner West Council in partnership with Accessible Arts, People with disability Australia, Mable, Settlement Services international and Bill Crews Foundation 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: Welcome and entertainment
  • 7.30pm: Panel
  • 8.30pm: Films

Download the film festival program (PDF 2.3MB)
Download the film festival program (DOCX 35.6KB)

There will be free popcorn, drinks, and snacks on the night and BYO food is also fine to bring.

In terms of rating for the event and films there is some PG content- some swear words, and content that is provocative. Discretion is advised for those sensitive to provocative content.

Register to attend

Can't make it to the live event?

We are hosting a watch party at Haberfield Libraries Michael Maher Room.

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

Watch the event live stream with Audio Descriptions


Lara Nakhle

Lara Nakhle is a New Zealand born, Australian of Lebanese origin, who 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 the top 48 on The Voice Australia, and completed a Bachelor of Arts Psychology in 2019, both singing and motivational speaking locally and across Australia.

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 15th October 2020.

Connor Wink

Connor Wink is a blind musician who displayed an interest in music from an early age.

Connor has been blessed with the presence of many amazing people in his life as well as the support of his local community. In appreciation, Connor spends several months a year busking for Various Charities. To date, he has raised, and will continue to raise, thousands of dollars, and he is excited about continuing his amazing journey in the music scene.

Jamal Abdul

Jamal is a stand up comedian currently based in Sydney.

He was the winner of the Stand Up and Be Counted Comedy Competition in 2017 and RAW Comedy State Finalist in 2018.

He has since gone on to perform as a part of the Sydney Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival and receive positive reviews.

"Jamal Abdul leaves a lasting impression, channelling his Bill Burr-inspired, everyman persona that melts hearts and deconstructs the funny side of living with a disability."
–Theatre Travels

Panellist bios

Gayle Kennedy - Welcome to Country:

due to illness Gayle Kennedy is unable to attend, D’harawal woman and local elder Aunty Deborah Lennis will welcome us.


Giancarlo deVere – Moderator

Giancarlo de Vera (he/they) is a disability, racial justice and LGBTIQ+ advocate. He currently heads up policy and advocacy at People with Disability Australia and is President of the Australian GLBTI Multicultural Council, the two national peak bodies that represent people with disability and LGBTIQ+ people from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds. They also are Treasurer and Secretary of the Australian Centre for Disability Law and Disabled Australian Lawyers Association respectively. Giancarlo also leads community engagement for national LGBTIQ+ youth charity, Out for Australia.

Evan Young

Evan Young is a journalist and writer living with myalgic encephalomyelitis.

Dane Noonan (made: the little Things)

Dane Noonan is a 4.0 ft tall Actor and aspiring filmmaker. His career launched in a series of TV commercials for Stan Australia alongside Rebel Wilson. Later, featuring on the ABC Comedy Channel, and an online series for Harley Davidson – winning 1st place in the French L'ADN top 15 instalments. Dane has expanded his resume by adding stunts and motion capture working onset for Peter Rabbit, as well as filming and starring in his own short film – with multiple official selections to date. Dane's life goal is to make a positive mark in the film world, further pushing boundaries to impact the people; with and without disabilities.

Emily Dash

Emily Dash is an emerging writer, actor, producer and speaker across theatre and screen. Screenwriting credits include “Valiant” (2021) and “Groundhog Night” (2020) for Bus Stop Films, Johanna Garvin’s “The Milky Pop Kid” (Highly Commended for Writing - Sydney Film Festival 2017), “The Cards I’m Dealt” (2016) and “I Am Not A Work of Art” (2015). “Groundhog Night”, in which Emily co-starred with Robyn Nevin and John Batchelor, premiered at Sydney Film Festival 2020 and has screened nationally and internationally. It is currently being developed for TV and was nominated for Best Achievement in Screenplay at St Kilda Film Festival 2021.

Walter Lee (made How Major Depression Feels Like For Me )

Bio: Walter has a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies and a TAFE Certificate IV in Film and TV Production, where he won the TAFE State Medal. He has made a number of short films which have been shown in festivals worldwide and has written screenplays, including an unproduced TV pilot. He is grateful to have been invited by the Inner West Council to show his film in an effort to promote inclusion and understanding of others with different life experiences to ourselves.

Andrew Tresidder (Comican't)

Andrew Tresidder graduated from Live Production, Theatre and Events (Ignition Theatre Training, NMIT).He has also completed a mentorship with the Darebin City Council’s Kite Festival as a member of the Event Management Team and completed a Stage Management Mentorship for the Ignition 2008 Major Performance.In 2009 Andrew joined Family Dog Circus to train and be mentored as a Performing Facilitator.He joined Rollercoaster Theatre in 2009 performing in each of their productions including his award winning performance in short film Comican't.


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

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. We hope this will become a signature annual event for the Inner West that will influence local cinemas and creative venues to become more inclusive all the time.

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

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