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The Man Who Couldn't Dance

Short Film (Full Length) – 2005

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Mature

Writer-director Barry Prescott’s third short film might have been entitled Strictly Legless. Alge (Joe Taylor) is a double amputee with a photo of Fred Astaire above his bed, whose dreams of dancing appear unlikely until he gets some inventive help from his sister (Emma Kinane) and dance teacher (John Bach, in a nosy prosthetic). Featuring cameos from veteran actors Donna Akersten and Alice Fraser, the black comedy treads on some sensitive toes for humorous effect, while remaining warm-hearted. It won awards at festivals for the differently-abled worldwide.

I am particularly interested in the kind of storytelling where fantasy and reality can cross paths at a moment’s notice.
– Writer/director Barry Prescott

Key Cast & Crew

Barry Prescott

Director, Writer

Jan Haynes

Producer

John Bach

As: Dancing Man

Emma Kinane

As: Sue

Alice Fraser

As: Limbless Myrtle

Donna Akersten

As: Ticket Lady

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Produced by

Strawbarry Jan Films