RJ Mitte represents disability at Sydney Film Festival

RJ Mitte represents disability at Sydney Film Festival
Posted on Tue 28 May 2019

Grab your friends and family and book tickets to see Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte star in this charming Australian rom-com, Standing up For Sunny, debuting at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, about a young man with cerebral palsy who is roped into helping a comedian (Philippa Northeast) overcome her shyness.

Mitte, who has cerebral palsy in real life, gives a winning performance as Travis, a young man living in a ramshackle Sydney rental whose disability contributes to his isolation and anger management issues. When he loses his maintenance job after lashing out at bullies, Travis ends up in a pub, where he puts his withering sarcasm to good use defending Sunny – a reluctant up-and-comer on the comedy circuit – from a sexist heckler. Soon Mikey (Sam Reid), the pub's owner and Sunny's overbearing boyfriend, hires Travis to help train Sunny in the art of the comeback, and naturally sparks ensue – along with romance and laughs aplenty. Standing Up for Sunny is a lively comedy with plenty to say about living with disability and discrimination.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) is the charity partner of choice for the film. As one of Australia’s leading non-profit organisations, CPA provides services and therapy to over 5,000 individuals and their families living with cerebral palsy (CP). Our priority is to help babies, children and adults lead the most comfortable, independent and inclusive lives possible. For over a decade the organisation has also been driving international research into the prevention, treatment and cure of cerebral palsy through its CPA Research Foundation, resulting in the decline in cerebral palsy across Australia from 1 in 400 babies to now 1 in 700, in the last decade alone.

The film will be screened on Wed 12, Sat 15 and Sun 16 June at various venues in Sydney- purchase tickets here using this special CPA discount code: SCRN19

Hear RJ Mitte and other filmmakers with a disability discuss authenticity in film at the ‘Meet the Filmmakers’ Panel, Sat 15 June 4pm, at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter, Sydney: book tickets here – use discount code SCRN19

The discount code also applies to any other film screened as part of the screenability program at the Film Festival featuring those made by filmmakers living with a disability: book tickets here - use discount code SCRN19

You are invited to participate in an online survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your child with a neurodevelopmental disability or rare genetic disorder.