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WHAT INSPIRED BEING?
The character of Margaret, the mother who has Multiple Sclerosis is an amalgamation of my favourite auntie who absolutely loves The Who. She attended "Witch Doctor" club in St. Leonard's Hastings and saw many 60's Mod bands like The Who, The Kinks, The Animals. The other part of Margaret is based on Kennedy Crow my Liverpudlian partner who has a personality that lights up the room with her smile and her northern humour. I have seen first hand the devastation of this neurological condition and how my wife copes with Multiple Sclerosis and does not let the condition beat her down.
I have always had an affinity with Quadrophenia due to growing up in Brighton and remembering the Mod gathering and scooters then. My youth and view of Brighton is fused with the film and the Mod scene. The outsider element at the core of the film focuses on young carers who battle caring for love ones, the dynamics of parent and child is upturned causing strain. There efforts go unnoticed by the larger society.
Perception and the understanding of disability and the disabled needs, is still very much an area that society seems to have limited knowledge about. Society still marginalises them and sadly discrimination due to disability is still prevalent in the 21st Century. Clearly people still have a problem with disability and I certainly wished to pose some social questions. I'm very much drawn to rite-of-passage stories as I find tremendous drama in looking through a microscope at an individual's life at certain stages of change, of challenge.