Project information

Playing Matters

The production of a feature film about a group of young disabled people playing a competitive football match, at a Special School, in the 1970s against of team of 'Ordinary' young people. The film is a comedy about what it is to enjoy playing football even if you are disabled. Playing Matters!

1 Year

Charity information: Outside Centre

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  • Need


    A lack of awareness of the lack of opportunities for playing (as a young person and as an adult) for disable people due to misconceptions about their abilities and desires for sporting activity combined with risk and 'ordinariness'. The fictional narrative, comedic film is to foster the idea of community for all; combined with the ability to gain shared experiences for all peoples from all backgrounds and abilities. The film challenges attitudes and exclusion in a way that is original and fun.


    By being a quality, enjoyable and fun film that mainstream audiences will access like never before; about a subject many people know and enjoy in their own lives; and that can easily be understood by a mass audience. The power to affect attitudes through film is well known and we believe this is an original, creative and witty way to not just create opportunities for disabled people in its production (actors etc.) but also significantly appeal to a mass audience in a innovative form and style.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To develop a script (and plan) by a disabled team of the film based on their personal experiences.


    » Create a developed script (treatment, synopsis, fully written script) to take forward to production (directly or in partnership if at all possible).

    What success will look like

    Success will be... the development of a finished script (up to 3rd draft) along with the development of a budget, schedule and range of partnership plans and project participants.

    Aim 2

    Produce the actual film based on the script (and schedule, plan and budget) created in development.


    » Identifying a relevant skilled disabled team of profesionals and working with partners to ensure the best possible result that is professionally.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... the production of the film by a skilled crew which is professional and fulfills the potential of the aims and objectives of the production as a tool for change.

    Aim 3

    Seek a distributor for the film to widest possible audience (including national broadcast media).


    » Work with key professionals, and mentors, and broadcasters / exhibitors to assess and deliver the finished film to a high level of professionalism.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... the identification of a distributor and screening potentials in the region, the Uk and internationally both via tradition exhibition and innovative distribution.

  • Impact


    We believe the film will create a sea change in the attitudes of people about disability and its use and abuse in dominant media form as well as creating further opportunities for further opportunities for all involved. The recorded continued professional development of all involved, its financial success and continued up-take (with distributors of various media forms such as DVD, internet and broadcast) will all demonstrate its success as a product for change and innovation on disability.


    The subject matter and degree of finance available will impact on the production (and subsequent dissemination) but we believe that Outside Centre have the partnerships (links and skills) to deliver a low budget quality product that can have an impact that far outweighs its cost and potential risks whilst being aware that all film production is a risk. Thus, even its production will provide ample training opportunities for those who participate to make it a Project offering high value.


    We would expect all donors, particularly those that may offer significant funding, to be closely involved at all levels of delivery; particularly in its production and dissemination / distribution in being proactive in its marketing and volunteering that will be required on a low budget production.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £300,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Development Script, Budget and Schedule
      £60,000 Production Equipment (purchase & hire)
      £40,000 Production Actors
      £30,000 Production Crew
      £60,000 Production Studio & Location
      £35,000 Production Training / Mentoring / Support
      £15,000 Production Editing
      £15,000 Production Post Production & Delivery (Copies)
      £15,000 Distribution Planning & Delivery & Marketing
  • Background


    The project will be developed and produced in Wolverhampton, the West Midlands, and distributed throughout the UK and globally. Some elements of the project will be delivered in others areas of the UK in response to the precise needs of the production as it is developed and delivered to achieve the best possible outcomes for the project and those involved (some location/studio work may be in other areas of the UK due to required skills, reduced costs and available expertise) to further succeed.


    Disabled people, in Wolverhampton primarily - a very economically depressed area - in the development and delivery in a broad range of skills and opportunities linked to the project in technological skills and in its production (actors, technicians, planning, accounting, design, editing, etc.); as well as planning and delivery on post production distribution and management. It is important that local disabled people, as well as partners, funders and other are all closely involved throughout.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Outside Centre are a small disability run and controlled organisation with a desire to be as creative as they are in the delivery of the work that is needed to change the value and self esteem of disabled people in the City of Wolverhampton and the region of the West Midlands whilst also being flexible and seeing that the project can be as helpful to other groups (such as young unemployed people) in the area (subject and location) in a way that is multifaceted and built upon many partnerships.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Paul A. Darke

    CEO of Outside Centre, Dr Paul A. Darke, has a PhD in disability and film and is its creative force in project development, delivery and evaluation.