Selected Film Reviews


I'm Not Your Inspiration
(and Sandra Alland's Queer & Trans Deaf & Disabled Video Project)


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

– 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 a queer or disabled individual.”

– 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



“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



Selected Performance Reviews


Sandra Alland 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


* * * * * (five stars)

– The Skinny (Edinburgh), March 2014