Magazine article Screen International

David Proud Stars in Thriller iWitness

Magazine article Screen International

David Proud Stars in Thriller iWitness

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David Proud, who has broken ground as a disabled actor playing a wheelchair-using character on EastEnders, is now set for another first by playing an able-bodied character in psychological thriller iWitness.

Proud, who has Spina Bifida, stars in the project about miscommunication and distorted perceptions. "To me, iWitness is a game changer," the actor said. "It is a British film making first. To have produced and starred in a film that I would have never even been auditioned for fills me with so much pride. It's a gem of a film, but it's the symbolism that I'm most proud of."

104 Films, which champions film productions involving cast and crew with diabilities, produces. Steve Rainbow writes and directs.

Rainbow, who is based in the West Midlands, said: "The inspiration for the plot came from the opening of Rear Window but iWitness is more about modern day confusion caused by lack of information."

Of Proud, Rainbow said: "I had worked with David before and was impressed by his considerable acting talent, but also his remarkable abilities as both an actor and individual, despite being born with Spina Bifida. I didn't want to frame out David's person behind lots of close-ups. I wanted the camera to be as wide and lingering for as much of the film as possible. I realised that casting a disabled actor to play an able bodied part - and a lead character at that - may well pile additional work on top of an already heavy schedule. However, that has proven not to be the case. …

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