Politics and Insights


Thousands of disabled people have already lost their specialist Motability vehicles because of Conservative PIP cuts and many more are likely to be affected.

Personal Independence Payment is a non means tested benefit for people with a long-term health condition or impairment, whether physical, sensory, mental, cognitive, intellectual, or any combination of these. It is a financial support towards the extra costs that ill and disabled people face, to help them lead as full, active and independent lives as possible.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have issued a guidance document for providers carrying out assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which was updated last month. It can be found here: PIP Assessment Guide.

The DWP Chief Medical Officer states that this is a supplementary guidance, in addition to “the contract documents agreed with providers as part of the commercial process, providing guidance for health professionals [HPs] carrying…

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But could the person do these things repeatedly, safely etc? And how can a few minutes observation by a person who is lacking in the correct medical knowledge override all the highly qualified medical experts who deal with that individual. Oh yes, in Tory Britain. David Cameron’s legacy is being written on every PiP and ESA refusal, every prescription for medication resulting from the anxiety, pain etc as a result and written in stone upon the gravestones of every disabled person his odious policies have killed!

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We are putting out a casting call for a film, to be shot in 2017, based in London. The locations, where the majority of the film will be lensed, are in the Kings Cross and West Acton areas of London.

The film is entitled ‘The House Rules’ and is a modern twist on that oldest of English traditional narratives, the ghost story but one with a political angle. It is our intention as filmmakers to put before a genre audience a film that will, not only entertain, but will also explore the political attacks upon disabled people in the United Kingdom.

Imagine an MR James story filmed by Ken Loach and you have an idea. This is no haunted house on the hill. Set in a tree lined, west London suburb; the audience will experience an unsettling, supernatural story told from within a seemingly mundane, ordinary flat.

All the house wants is company…but it is a jealous house.

‘The House Rules’

The film will be co-directed and written by myself, Christopher John Ball, and Dean Sipling. Dean and I have worked on various film and theatrical projects and have a long creative relationship. In addition, as can be seen from his IMDB page, Dean has a strong background, as both Line Producer and Production Accountant, in the film and TV industry.

It is a (very) low budget enterprise, driven by lots of goodwill, but our technical standards are high.

We will be casting other parts next year but we are NOW looking for actresses to audition to play the two leads.

What are we looking for?

  1. We are looking for actresses, aged between 25 and 40, preferably based in or near London – but we can be flexible on this.
  2. You must identify as disabled. No matter how good an actress you are we cannot accept anyone ‘playing disabled’; this happens far too often in the industry and we will not play that game.
  3. An ability to adlib or improvise around a scene.
  4. We are at work on the script but, whilst I identify as disabled and am mobility impaired, no two people are the same. We therefore want input from our leads and want that input to come from your own experiences etc.
  5. It would be helpful if those who respond had an interest, or took an active part, in disability politics.
  6. We believe this to be an exciting opportunity for two disabled actresses to lead and advance a films narrative.


As stated above, the two locations will be in the Kings Cross and West Acton area. The main location being a flat in West Acton. The Kings Cross location is designed with disability access BUT the West Acton location is not in that it has three short sets of stairs but no lift. This is important to the films narrative in that one of our main characters is forced out of her adapted premises into one far less suitable and we see that impact upon her. Once inside the flat, it is all one level and there are no stairs. When casting we will have to take this on board and, with our cast and based upon their individual needs, look to resolve what we can with their input.

Auditions will be in London later in the year/very early next.

We will be casting other parts once we have our two main characters sorted.

Please email with your résumé and a photograph to –  thehouserules2017@gmail.com

Dean and I look forward to hearing from you or answering any questions you might have.