The Beaten: A short film by Simon McKeown

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    In 2011 McKeown worked again with the now legendary UK disabled actor and comic Liz Carr who starred in his hard-hitting drama, The Beaten. Set in a single room, The Beaten questions society’s attitude to care and domination examining themes of power, control and stereotyping to challenge hegemonic discourse about disability.

    Liz’s performance is a tour de force of emotion, vulnerability and empowerment. Created before the years of austerity that followed which impacted disproportionally on disabled people, McKeown positions Liz Carr against an imposing prison guard played by Phillip Harrison. Why is she in jail and who is beaten?

    Liz Carr says that: The Beaten is a spectacularly dark glimpse into what may be the future for many disabled people. It is an important film by a director who is clearly not afraid to take his audiences to the depths of possibility.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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