'CripTales': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about collection of 6 short films coming to BBC America

'CripTales': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about collection of 6 short films coming to BBC America
'CripTales' (BBC America)

'CripTales' is a collection of six short films that have been written, directed, and performed by people that are differently-abled. According to the press release, the collection joins many other series in the free streaming collection for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. BBC America, the network owned by BBC Studios and AMC Networks, announced the world premiere of the collection that has been put together by Mat Fraser known for 'His Dark Materials' and 'American Horror Story'. Here is what we know of the collection's upcoming release.

Release date

'CripTales' premieres on Thursday, October 1, 2020.


According to the press release, the six short films will be 15-minutes long, and "each film is a fictional monologue capturing a life-changing moment for a person with disabilities, based on factual research and lived experience and spanning the last 50 years of British history."

The six short films include 'Audition' by Mat Fraser directed by Ewan Marshall, 'Thunderbox' by Genevieve Barr directed by Amit Sharma, 'The Real Deal' by Tom Wentworth directed by Ewan Marshall, 'Hamish' by Jack Thorne Directed by Sharma as well, 'Paper Knickers' by Jackie Hagan directed by Marshall, and 'The Shed' by Matilda Ibini directed by Jenny Sealey. "The films cover a variety of experiences, from an actor (played by Fraser) in the present-day waiting to go into an audition and dreading how it will be, to a young woman in 1968 (played by Madeley; Years and Years, BBC AMERICA’s The Watch) contemplating the future of her pregnancy," read a statement in the press release. 


Cast and Creators

'CripTales' (BBC America)

The monologues are written by Fraser, Jackie Hagan, Jack Thorne, Barr, Wentworth, and Ibini; performed by Fraser, Robert Softley Gale, Ruth Madeley, Hagan, Liz Carr, Carly Houston with Marshall, Sharma, and Sealey serving as directors. The collection is a BBC America co-production with BBC Studios' Documentary Unit with Debbie Christie serving as executive producer. 



The official trailer is yet to be released, stay tuned for updates.

Where to watch

Catch 'CripTales' on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 10 pm ET/9c on BBC America. The collection of films will also be available to stream at the start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month on AMC, IFC, SundanceTV, and AMC+. 

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