Selected Film Reviews


Able short film

“Able by Sandra Alland mixes poetry, stop-motion photography and recorded voice to create her metaphoric and literal vision of barriers to access. She uses a variety of techniques to ask the question 'who gets to be able'. I enjoy the way the film takes viewers through the streets of Edinburgh, using stop motion photography, forcing us to realise what a difficult city it can be to navigate. Her film also uses poetry, benefit applications, border control terminology and medical and blood donor questionnaires in order to look at other intersections of identity and ability. A thought-provoking piece. ”

– The F-Word (London), June 2014

(watch Able and read an essay about its creation at Feral Feminisms)

I'm Not Your Inspiration documentary series
(includes San's 'Queer & Trans Deaf & Disabled Video Project')

A strong piece.
* * * * (four stars)

– Eye For Film (Glasgow), March 2015


“...broached the question of how we critique the work of disabled artists,
a really important question we need to be having more discussions about.”

– The Horn (Austin TX), February 2015


“This three-part short documentary series introduces three disabled artists as they discuss numerous topics including: the meeting of identities between the LGBT and disability community, visible and hidden disabilities, access barriers, inspiration porn and many more in a humorous and matter-of-fact style.
An entertaining and informative film.”

– Who Had the Nerve blog (London), December 2014


“The most engaging aspect of the exhibition is a pair of films by Sandra Alland in which some artists frankly detail their experiences as queer or disabled individuals.”

– The Student (Edinburgh), April 2014


“A necessary counterpoint to the clichés and condescension disabled people at times experience... antidote and celebration in one, staying away from inspiration-pornography and stereotypes while fostering a diverse selection of homegrown talent.”

– The Skinny (Glasgow/Edinburgh), April 2013


Selected Performance Reviews


San with They They Theys

“They They Theys are at once a band, a film and a poem. A beautifully shot film, carefully orchestrated with Sandra Alland's words, and strings, a harmonica, percussion and an oboe, touches on the issue
of bodily fluidity whilst also allowing itself to be a startling piece of art.”

– The Student, Edinburgh, March 2014

San with Zorras

“...epiphanic and beautiful...haunting.” 

– Canadian Review of Literature in Performance, Montreal, September 2012

“(Alland) does a great job of injecting humor into her poetry... the first spoken-word group
to have actually captured my interest. Also, I was intrigued by the song about someone
stealing avocados by shoving them down her pants.”

–, Mia Jones, LA/New York, March 2011


Selected Curation Reviews


San curates SEEP: Fluidity in Body & Landscape,
multimedia visual art exhibition at Media Education, Edinburgh

The rich buffet of art and sense of community the experience provides is difficult
to match elsewhere...
The audio description and BSL don't feel at all laboured; both
provoke a questioning of language and add to the experience, as do the alternative
interpretations each artist provided – these were either edible, tactile or audible...
Exhilarating and commendable.

* * * * * (five stars)

– The Skinny (Edinburgh/Glasgow), March 2014