Last Saturday (4th September 2010), I attended my very first Liberty Festival at Trafalgar Square in London.
I had a very interesting day, interviewing participants, exploring the different events and chatting to the general public.
Like I said it was an interesting day and so here is where we go slightly left of field…
I got really annoyed because throughout the day people and by people I am referring to the ‘normative tourists’, those without disabilities or any political understanding of disability who kept trying to get photographs of those of us who looked ‘weird’.
In this video below, I interview a woman who I had just caught taking a photograph of me and my sister while we were minding our own business, checking out the festival. She didn’t have any idea I was an actress, so if you think she was snapping me for my ‘fame’ value, it wasn’t.
Anyway, I pounced on this opportunity to get an interview with one of ‘those’ people who “don’t get it”. I wanted to know what she made of the festival. Unfortunately she genuinely thought she was at some sort of ‘exhibition’ and was surprised to see so many ‘people like me’ by that I assume she meant people with dwarfism. See this interview below.
On a lighter note;
I got to flirt with Francesca Martinez, who you might remember appearing alongside Ricky Gervais in Extras. She was at Liberty doing some stand-up. This video has no value what-so-ever… except make me feel a little bit special.
I tell you this woman made me feel like a girl in an American movie who’d just had her braces taken off…
And for a final word from a Liberty festival virgin and the only interviewee I managed to patronise, which is ironic as he was the only non-disabled interview… Check out this little scoop with Francesca’s brother, Raoul Martinez.
I didn’t mean to sound like I was talking down to him and I know he is talented in his own right, with work currently showing at the National Portrait Gallery, but it can be so awkward talking to those sort of people. I am just not used to it, I mean. How does one stand? What do you do if there are communication issues? Will he understand me?
For further interviews with a few of the charities and organisations at the Liberty Festival that I managed to grab a few moments with, click on the links below.
Heart and Soul
Attitude is Everything
Independent Living Alternative
Thank you to everyone who let me interview them. I am sorry if not all the videos made it online.