Valiant

2021 | Australia | 8 mins | 1.85:1
Genre: Drama
Themes: Disability | Relationships | Love | LGBTQIA+ | Sexuality | Human Rights
Disability represented on screen: Hard of Hearing & Deaf | Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Cerebral Palsy | Physical Disability & Mobility | Wheechair Use
Language: English, with Closed Captioning available

Synopsis: VALIANT is a short, educational film about building and maintaining healthy relationships and developing protective behaviour skills. Through four stories, VALIANT explores issues related to consent, sexuality and healthy relationships for people with disability.

VALIANT is a joint project by Bus Stop Films and Northcott, supported by the Australian Department of Social Services.

Trailer | Behind The Scenes (BTS)

VALIANT is supported by an education guide developed by Northcott’s Sexuality and Relationship Education team. This guide aims to encourage discussion and learning around dating and relationships. It is intended to help spark conversations between people with disability, teachers, carers and others in their support network. It also provides tips and advice to help people with disability and their families and carers build respect for each other, navigate relationships and better understand another person’s needs and wishes. The Education Guide can be found here.

Cast

Lou – LJ Wilson
Billie – Lauren Patrick
Bailey – Ricky Kremer
Casey – Dina Kremer
Sam – Emily Scerri-Rikkert
Alex – Shay Bell
Taylor – Ngali Shaw
Joe – Liam Luff
Singer – Maddie Johnston
Waiter – Joel Garrett

Crew

Director – Claud Bailey
Writer – Emily Dash
Producer – Tracey Corbin-Matchett, Dianna La Grassa
Cinematographer – Shane Parsons
Production Design – Nell Ferguson
Editor – Julian Neuhaus
Sound Design – David McCarthy