Missy Male’s WERE TOO GOOD FOR THIS is challenging disability and stigma

When we see someone with a visible disability, we often find ourselves feeling pity for them, thinking they must need so much care and attention, how do they get by? Director Missy Malek’s We’re Too Good For This challenges this thinking in quite an unorthodox manner. This fantastic short explores the story of friends Anthony (Asa Hems), Julian (Jayden Reid), Scott (Keron Day), and Fatima (Asnath Iosala) who all live on a council estate. There isn’t much to offer outside the life of crime. Anthony’s brother Steelo (Jude Chinchen) who doesn’t think much his brother other than a liability works for local drug pusher Charlie (Adam Deacon). Charlie orders Anthony to do a pick from an area under police surveillance after a murder took place on the scenes, Anthony over hears and decides that he and his misfit friends are far more capable for the job. 

This film is challenging disability and the stigma. Missy Malek writer and director tells this hard hitting story in just 12 minutes. She has proven that when passionate about a cause, non time limit can get inn the way. You can really see her dedication and thought process in depicting each character, and the cast have really given an outstanding performance. Let’s hope this fantastic film not only wins numerous well deserved awards but paves the way for other filmmakers to follow suit and cast authentically.

Let’s hope this fantastic film not only wins numerous well deserved awards but paves the way for other filmmakers to follow suit and cast authentically.

We’re Too Good For This is a beautiful British film. You can watch this short on BFI Player as part of the London Film Festival, with captions and audio description available. Don’t miss your chance to catch it.

Margaret Brown

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