Thursday, 12 May 2016

'American Horror Story' star Jamie Brewer in Sydney

Actor Jamie Brewer will be visiting Sydney later this month for Bus Stop Films. During her visit there will be two opportunities to meet her and/or hear her speak:

Afternoon tea with Jamie Brewer - an invitation to Down Syndrome NSW members with Down syndrome
  • The invitation to an afternoon tea at Annandale on Sunday 22nd May is published on the DS NSW Facebook page. The first 35 people to respond will have the opportunity to meet Jamie, a strong advocate for including people with Down syndrome in everything.
  • Click on this link to secure your place.

Screen NSW, AFTRS and Bus Stop Films work together to make disability count on Australian screens

The Australian Film and Television School (AFTRS) and Screen NSW have joined with Bus Stop Films to foster pathways for people with disabilities to work in the Australian film and television industry.

Jamie Brewer, the American actress best known for her roles in the Emmy award winning hit TV series American Horror Story, will speak at a special Screen NSW and AFTRS event on May 25 to draw attention to the need for more diversity and inclusion in the screen industries. Jamie is an advocate for creating positive role models for people with disability, and in February 2015, became the first person with Down syndrome to walk the catwalk at New York Fashion Week.

The event An Evening with Jamie Brewer, to be hosted at AFTRS, with a keynote address by Screen NSW CEO Courtney Gibson, is designed to encourage more discussion amongst production companies, casting agents and the wider community on how the Australian film and television industry can best move forward in creating roles, both on and off screen, for people with a disability.

Screen NSW CEO Courtney Gibson said: “It’s time all of us in the screen sector focused on creating opportunities for under-represented groups, including disabled cast and crew, in order that a multiplicity of visions and voices are seen and heard. We'll have a stronger industry with richer content if we make it a priority.”

While in Sydney Jamie will also participate in an acting workshop for filmmaking students with disabilities being run by Bus Stop Films at Sydney Community College.

According to Genevieve Clay-Smith, co-founder of Bus Stop Films, a non-profit dedicated to facilitating a film school experience for students with disability, the Australian film and television industry has a long way to go in casting characters with a disability authentically. Jamie will star in the next Bus Stop Films production titled ‘Kill Off’, a new short film being made by with students with a disability, to be filmed in Wollongong.

“Australia is behind when it comes to authentic casting, we simply don't have high expectations of actors who have disabilities, we need to start challenging that, to look for ways to cast actors with disabilities in roles where the character shares the same disability. We also need to advocate for pathways for people with disabilities to get more involved in production.

“Jamie Brewer's presence in Australia will, I hope, shed light on the abilities of people with a disability to be involved in the film industry,” said Clay-Smith.

In the first season of American Horror Story: Murder House, Jamie portrayed Adelaide "Addie" Langdon, the daughter of the main antagonist, Constance Langdon, played by Jessica Lange; in the third season, American Horror Story: Coven, Jamie portrayed Nan, an enigmatic and clairvoyant witch, and in American Horror Story: Freak Show, she played opposite Neil Patrick Harris as Chester Creb's vision of his doll, Marjorie, come to life.

An Evening with Jamie Brewer
5.30pm, Wednesday 25th May
AFTRS - Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

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