A new UK film, “Special People”, has had a special warning slapped on it by the film classification board.
The film, which casts actors with disabilities in a comedy about film-making, continues to carry the warning, because the Board only withdrew the note after the publicity material was printed.
The BBC reports:
A film that stars disabled actors has caused controversy because it was given a 12A rating warning viewers that disabled people were featured in it.
Special People, which was largely shot in Worcestershire, is one of the first movies to use disabled lead actors, its director has said.
But its stars said it was unfair they were singled out by an advisory note. [...]
Director Justin Edgar, who is originally from Handsworth, in Birmingham, said: “It premiered last night and we have already had complaints from the actors and some disability groups in the audience who were angry about the advisory note warning people that disabled actors were used.
Special People film director Justin Edgar
Mr Edgar said he was one of the first to cast disabled actors as the leads
“You don’t get films with black people or women being categorised in this way, so why do it for films with disabled people in them?”
Here’s the trailer.