Frank Film Club with Maisie Williams / CODA, deaf culture and accessibility in film with Troy Kotsur

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We have a really special one for you this week! We are discussing CODA (2021), directed by Sian Heder and have a very special guest - Troy Kotsur who played Frank Rossi in the film. Troy won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance in the film, and made history as the first ever deaf actor to win an Oscar. CODA also stars Emilia Jones, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant.

The film follows Ruby, a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), who is the only hearing person in her deaf family. When the family’s fishing business is threatened, Ruby is torn between pursuing her passion of singing at college and her fear of abandoning her parents.

In this episode we discuss deaf culture, accessibility in film and Troy’s aspirations of directing.

CODA is available to watch on Apple TV.

Next week we are chatting about the indie comedy classic What We Do In The Shadows (2014) written, directed by and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. What We Do In The Shadows is available to watch on Amazon Prime.

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