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From The Fanlight Collection
Directed by Lucinda Broadbent and Alison Peebles
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For six years, actor and director Alison Peebles has been keeping a secret: she has multiple sclerosis. MS is an unpredictable but progressive disease of the brain and nervous system which is affecting her speech, mobility, and eyesight. Having watched her father die of the disease, she has even hidden the diagnosis from her mother and sister. Now, in the midst of working on the Scottish detective series, Taggart (carried by PBS), Alison finds that she can no longer hide her symptoms, and she's afraid that the revelation may destroy her career — will directors accept an actor with a limp, will the producer's insurance company continue to cover her? She also finds herself coping with the gradual erosion of some of the things that have made up her identity: she'll have to kiss goodbye to her sexy, high-heeled shoes.

Enlivened by Alison's mordant wit and by imaginative animation sequences based on her own sketches, this is a compelling portrait of a brave woman facing her uncertain future with humor and determination. "I believe very strongly that I should be allowed to work and live in this world as a person with a disability," she says. "I don't want to be seen as someone with MS. I want to be seen as Alison Peebles, who acts, directs…and sometimes falls over."

"The film is not maudlin or sentimental. It tackles the themes of keeping secrets, and society's reaction to disability, but focusing on a personal story in an engaging way. Multiple has a strong thread of humor running through it without being flippant. I thoroughly recommend it."—Inclusion Scotland

"Inspiring and moving…a powerful journey of discovery…will help people understand the varied and unpredictable nature of MS."—MS Society of the United Kingdom

"We see not an MS victim, but a beautiful, strong vibrant woman facing up to an uncertain future."—The Daily Mail

Silver Remi Award, WorldFest Houston Film Festival 2007
Achievement Award, Superfest International Disability Film Festival 2007
Merit Award, Intercom 2007
Abilities Arts Festival, Toronto 2007
AbilityFest, India 2007
Moscow Disability Film Festival

29 minutes / Color
Release: 2007
Copyright: 2006

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This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Bioethics, Biographies, Chronic Illness / Heart Disease, Disabilities, Disabilities & the Arts, Fanlight Collection, Health Care Issues, Medicine, Psychology, Women's Health, Women's Studies

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