David Batten, of Goolmangar, will be screening his film today at the Lismore City Hall as part of the Very Ability Festival.
David Batten, of Goolmangar, will be screening his film today at the Lismore City Hall as part of the Very Ability Festival. David Neilsen

David Batten fulfils film desire

DAVID BATTEN has been in love lots of times, so he had no trouble filming people on the streets of Lismore and asking them about love.

With the camera mounted on a monopod on his wheelchair, he edited the final film using his knees to tap the computer keyboard. His film will be screened today, at 1pm and 7pm, at the Lismore City Hall as part of the five-day Very Ability Festival.

Mr Batten, of Goolmangar, has cerebral palsy and has used a wheelchair since he was six years old, but it hasn’t curbed his ambitions to make films.

The festival is one of 700 events nationwide to celebrate today’s International Day of People with Disability.

Take a look at the interactive multimedia maze on the first floor of the City Hall before the film screenings; or head to the Apex Pavilion at the Alstonville Showground between 9am and 3pm for a day of fun-filled activities.



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