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Low budget British comedy which is sharply written and nicely acted whilst confounding disability misconceptions and prejudices on the way. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Jasper gets more than he bargains for when he teaches a class of students in wheelchairs.

Cast & Crew

Dominic Coleman
Jasper
David Proud
Scott Swadkins
Alistair Blacklaws
Executive Producer
Mark Burgess
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Malcolm Craddock
Executive Producer
Andy McNamara
Executive Producer
Kim Humphrey
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Critic Reviews for Special People

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  • In terms of character development and story the film is unspectacular and often rather blunt - one final-act twist feels shoehorned in to shock. But this is a well observed and likeable slice of DIY cinema.

    November 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Ironically, he's exactly like Special People itself, which is trying so hard to say something profound about disability that it has forgotten to be a drama in the first place.

    November 21, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • At times Special People feels hobbled by the very political correctness it wants to poke fun at; still, it's nicely observed and crisply played, gently confounding a gaggle of prejudices during the course of a svelte 81-minute run.

    November 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Well-meant but gruel-thin British comedy in which a failed film-maker helps wheelchair-bound teenagers to make a movie.

    November 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • We are allowed to forget the wheelchairs and see the people in them, while still remembering the prejudices many have about the disabled.

    November 21, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • By keeping the central theme simple, Edgar and his team are free to explore the nature of the relationships and the characters in the classroom alongside bigger themes such as attitudes to disability from within the community and without.

    July 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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