Snapshot: Role play

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is to capitalise on a new film about a young man with muscular dystrophy that is appearing in national cinemas next week. Inside I'm Dancing was created by Working Title, which made Notting Hill and Wimbledon. It follows the lives of two young men, one with cerebral palsy and the other with duchenne muscular dystrophy, as they become more independent. Despite reservations about the two leads being played by non-disabled actors, the charity is taking the rare opportunity that the film creates to feature examples of real-life people with the disease in national magazines and newspapers. "We are in discussion with people with duchenne who lead similar lifestyles to the character of Rory," said Joe Korner, its director of corporate affairs. He added that while the charity would prefer disabled roles to be played by disabled actors, he recognised that finding someone with the muscle-wasting disease would have been difficult. But Scope took a harsher line on the lack of disabled actors. It said the film opened up the debate of "fair disability representation in the entertainment industry".

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