Unafraid of controversial subjects, David Hevey is one of the UK’s most original media professionals working out of the UK today. Internationally recognized, the Huffington Post recently described David Hevey as ‘one of the leading documentary markers of a generation’. His output is prolific and he creatively directs across television, film, digital and other forms. His premise is simple – good stories, well told, with a purpose – to create impactful, compelling reflections about the way we live now. David uses journalism, performance, documentary, sung-narration and other devices to take the viewer deeper into understanding and feeling stories about our world now. His work is characterised by his inclusive approach, including engagement of and working with people and stories from the margins. He wrote The Creatures Time Forgot: Photography & Disability Representation (Routledge), produced and directed the BBC series, The Disabled Century (2012) and has directed three BBC TV Modern Times documentaries. Visit www.davidhevey.com
In this short interview, David Hevey talks about the development of ‘The Fight for Life’ – how he was inspired by the museum collections, in particular the machines in the Science Museum collection at Blythe House which helped him to shape one of the key narratives within the film (how technology and machines can enhance the political power of disabled people). David explains how the structure of the film is designed to be a commentary on the ‘age of austerity’, itself a museum ‘relic’ that will captivate audiences and show that disabled people are as deep, intellectual, curious, complex and interesting as everyone else.
Photo Credit: David Hevey, Film Still ‘The Fight For Life’