‘I Am Me’ tells the story of 24 year old Charlie, a young man with a learning disability and autism. Charlie loves gardening and books but hates shouting and graffiti.
Charlie’s brother Tom wants to know why he is having problems – Charlie cant let on that he is being harassed, bullied by perpetrators.
The story begins as Charlie is moving into his own flat. With Charlie’s mum being ill and struggling with his care, Charlie’s older brother Tom is keen that he takes steps towards living a more independent life. Over time though Charlie is targeted by local youths and the abuse starts to escalate.
Charlie is abused by one of his perpetrators during a late evening bus journey home.
‘I Am Me’ is a strong film that explores the issues of disability hate crime in a thought provoking and yet sensitive way. It makes the viewer think more about how, and why these hate crimes happen, and why it is often difficult to confide in others, to report the crimes even.
The film was made in collaboration with the Pace Theatre company, a locally based professional productions from Paisley.
The IMDb review page for I Am Me
The charity I Am Me is a community organisation which aims to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime. I Am Me is a Renfrewshire based multi-disciplinary action group which promotes a partnership approach with Police Scotland, disability groups, community groups and volunteers from various parts of the country.
PACE Theatre Group’s production clearly delivers a hard hitting drama that is aimed at challenging attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people. The idea originally arose as a play that toured Southern Scotland, and it played to positive reviews. The potential for the subject to be made into a film became apparent and so I Am Me – the film – was born.
The film used many of the same characters from the play, including the lead roles with Daniel Cameron and Alan Orr.
The film was premièred on the 26th March 2015 at the Showcase Cinema in Paisley.
Pictures of the première can be seen on Facebook
At the end of the film I Am Me, it is said 97% of disability hate crime goes unreported.Clearly the severity of disability hate crime is reflected upon – and its huge impact upon those who find themselves a victim. The film clearly impresses on its viewers as to why disabled people in general dont want to report this crime. It is because it can be seen as an indication that they are somehow not managing their lives well.
In March I Am Me (the charity) won an award for its excellent work to the people of Renfrewshire in raising awareness on disability hate crime.
The film won an Award of Excellence for Daniel Cameron (as Charlie), plus two Awards of Special Merit for Feature Film/Disability Issues at the Indie Fest Film Awards in California.
The film I Am Me is available to view on You Tube – complete with full subtitling for greater accessibility.