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Is There Anybody Out There?

Groundbreaking documentary, Is There Anybody Out There? follows filmmaker Ella Glendining’s global search for someone with a body that looks like hers, and explores what it takes to love yourself fiercely as a disabled person in an ableist world.

“My body is extremely unusual, and I’ve never seen another like my own. Is There Anybody Out There? is a personal documentary following my search to track down other individuals with the same rare disability as me. The film also explores the experience of being a disabled pregnant woman as well as the emotional process of becoming a mother, when I unexpectedly find out I am pregnant. Perhaps, more than anything however, this story is about ableism – about living in a world where you’re seen as less than human – and what it takes to love yourself fiercely despite this.”

The film has picked up awards including The Silver Horn from Krakow Film Festival and the FIPRESCI International Film Critics Prize.


Ella Glendining


United Kingdom





Reclaim The Frame Event

#ReclaimTheFrame post-screening Director discussion

Join us for our #ReclaimTheFrame post-screening discussions with Director Ella Glendining:

Curzon Aldgate, London - Sunday 12 November, 18:20 

MAC, Birmingham - Wednesday 15 November, 19:30 

Hyde Park Picturehouse, London - Thursday 16 November, 18:00

Duke's at Komedia, Brighton - Sunday 19 November, 18:00

Glasgow Film Theatre - Thursday 23 November, 20:30

Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast - Sunday 26 Novermber, 17:45

More screening at #ReclaimTheFrame partner cinemas: 

Chester Storyhouse - from 25 November

Glasgow Glasgow Film Theatre - from 24 November

London Barbican - from 17 November

London The Garden Cinema - from 17 November

London Genesis - 6 December

Nottingham  Broadway - 14 November  (+ Q&A with director Ella Glendining and Mia Bays)

Sheffield Showroom Workstation - from 17 November


IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE? will be presented with Descriptive Subtitles (SDH) and Audio Description (AD) and all live event elements will be live captioned.

‘Is There Anybody Out There?’: The beacon we all need

Chloe Tear

Director Ella Glendining describes her film - Is There Anybody Out There? - as a love letter to the disabled community, and I think this truly encompasses what it is. A love letter to the disabled community and an eye-opening, raw and honest awareness session for non-disabled people. After watching the film, I caught up with Ella to find out more about the key themes and to discuss my own views as a disabled viewer.

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