What Was It Like?

2020 | Australia | 15 mins | 2.39:1
Genre: Documentary
Themes: Disability | Human Rights | Relationships | Family
Disability represented on screen: Intellectual Disability | Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) | Autism Spectrum Disorder | Physical Disability & Mobility
Language: English, with Closed Captioning available

Synopsis: Eight filmmakers with intellectual disability interview their parents about what it was like when doctors delivered the news of their diagnosis.



Interviews – Aerlie Vade and Matisse Vade, Joanne Basha and Nathan Basha, Sharon Vosu and Liam Vosu, Estelle Kremer and Ricky Kremer, Audrey Morrison-Greet and Chloe Morrison-Greet, Dr Shaun Leighton and Jack Leighton, Wendy Campbell and Joni Campbell, Mala Punnia-Moorthy, Dr A. Punnia-Moorthy and Sangeetha Punnia-Moorthy, Kevin Bell, Diane Bolduc and Shay Bell


Director – Genevieve Clay-Smith
Writer – Lianne Mackessy, Genevieve Clay-Smith
Producer – Genevieve Clay-Smith, Dianna La Grassa
Cinematographer – Mikey Hamer
Production Design – Jacqui Schofield
Editor – Andrew McPherson
Sound Design – Geoff McGarvey

Festival Screenings & Awards

Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2021 (Australia)
WIFT Australia V-FEST 2021 (Australia) – Winner: Best Film, Best Documentary and Audience Award
WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival 2021 (USA) – Winner: Gold Remi Award
St Kilda Film Festival 2021 (Australia)
Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021 (Japan)
CinefestOZ Film Festival 2021 (Australia)
Edmonton International Film Festival 2021 (Canada)
The Extraordinary Film Festival 2021 (Belgium)
Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2022 (Australia) – Winner: Best Australian Film
Australian Women’s Film Festival (AWFF) 2022 (Australia) – Winner: Best Film
Dis/Ability Education Film Festival 2023 (USA)