A person is seated on a curb in a parking lot, wearing a tie-dye dress and sandals, with a small blue handbag next to them. They have a tattoo on their arm and are wearing a name tag sticker. The person looks off to the side with a thoughtful expression. Behind them, there is a car parked and trees that suggest the area could be near an office or a public building. The setting appears to be during the day with overcast weather.

Is There Anybody Out There?

While navigating daily discrimination, a filmmaker who inhabits and loves her unusual body searches the world for another person like her, and explores what it takes to love oneself fiercely despite the pervasiveness of ableism.

About the Filmmaker

Ella Glendining is a Writer and Director dedicated to telling authentic disabled stories.

She works in both documentary and fiction and has written and directed short films with backing from Film4, the BFI, Arts Council England, Screen South, and the National Paralympic Heritage Trust.

Ella has recently completed her first feature film, ‘Is There Anybody Out There?’, a personal documentary about her search for others with the same rare disability as her, supported by BFI Doc Society, Chicken and Egg Pictures and Creative Scotland, and produced by Janine Marmot.

Ella is currently developing a historical drama feature for the BFI with disabled characters at its core, produced by Janine Marmot. She currently has a short comedy-drama in post-production called ‘Pyramid of Disunion’ which she wrote, co-directed with Jessi Gutch, and starred in, produced by Justin Edgar for Film4.

Ella was a member of the BFI’s Disability Screen Advisory Group from 2018-2022. Ella was named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2020.

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ReFrame Film Festival


for “Kirby’s House / Is There Anybody Out There?”

20-minutes prior to Showtime:

At the Showplace Box Office

$15 or PWYC • limited to availability

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