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Artist and Filmmaker Gary Thomas looks at the relationship between art and film, why it's sometimes uncomfortable, and how he deals with his own 'strands', (including disability), both personally and professionally. He'll also be writing about his own work as well as developing other projects, including films about the Olympics.

Robin Williams & lots of talk about suicide.

12 August 2014

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portrait of the American actor Robin Williams

In the wake of Robin Williams death, at the time I’m writing this there’s still no confirmation of how (do we really need to know?) but there’s a lot of talk about suicide. With this in mind, here’s a couple of scenes from my one man play, written last year, and based on personal experience I had some years ago. I feel distant from these feelings now, and am grateful for that, as its allowed me to write about it in this and my book. I will never forget that I’m one...

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End of Year Round Up

27 December 2012

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Gary Thomas in the local Paper

I thought I’d blog about how 2012 has gone for me. It’s sometimes confusing being a creative person, as the ‘personal’ and the ‘professional’ easily gets mixed up. My ideas, which are sometimes personal, become something I want to write about, then make work from. Anyway, this is a run down of what I achieved this year, and there have been a lot of ‘firsts’ for me. In January I ran a 7 week workshop at The Orpheus Centre, teaching filmmaking, and...

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Under What Grounds?

29 November 2012

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Telephone Clipart

I’ve been thinking about a couple of posts I saw recently. Well, one on Facebook and one article in the local paper. Both were about suicide, and the one on Facebook in particular mentioned that the person who knew the man who committed suicide had no idea he felt that way. Which left me thinking about why I, and others like me, don’t talk. I’m not going to go on about any male ego bullshit, I’m trying to come up with helpful answers. Stuff that I’m not 100% sure...

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Images & Words

15 April 2012

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A new image of me(?), Gary Thomas

Those of you who’ve known me for a while may know that I’ve done boxing & wrestling for some time. (Although I haven’t done either for a couple of years). You may also know that a few years ago I had a photo-shoot which I wore my ‘Disabled’ T-shirt.  That idea came about because I was so pissed of with having to explain why I had hidden disabilities and what they were, that I decided to start blatantly telling people.  It was really me saying,...

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My 2011

2 January 2012

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Screen image of iCal Calendar for April 2011

  Happy New Year! I thought I’d start this year by recapping last year. Why do I think last year was so good when I had a family bereavement in January & I was assaulted by 2 'youths' in August? I think, at least for the past year, I've been feeling pretty well, and simply didn't want to let things get in the way of what I was doing -  possibly because I had such a terrible 2010. The other reasons are work & funding.  I've done more this year than I ever have,...

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Gary Thomas asks AM I ready to move on?

28 February 2011

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Angelina Jolie winning Oscar in 2000

This may sound silly, but I've ummed a lot over the past month about how personal my blog posts should be, as potentially EVERYONE I know could read them (I'm tempted to say here 'they won't', but I'm not going too). The past month has been difficult because my step dad died on 23 January, and I've been wondering how and whether I should write about it. I've decided that I'm going to, as it all fits in with the whole notion of things being difficult, things going slowly, things not going right,...

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Gary Thomas on what we can learn from 'everyone else'

13 February 2011

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A cartoon image of a red carpet leading up stairs

I've been talking to a couple of people recently about ambitions. Okay, mainly my ambitions, but certainly ambitions. You see, I want to aim quite high, so at a recent arts meeting in London (more to be revealed eventually!) I stated in a sort of unsure voice in a room full of disabled artists - “I want to be mainstream”. And then, after a pause: “I want to be nominated for the Turner Prize.” Yep. That's what I said. And now I've written it down. Shit me. Silly isn't it?...

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IT GETS BETTER... EVENTUALLY

5 December 2010

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Still From Early One Summer, 2006

Originally written on 5th October 2010. I'm in a hotel in Buckingham as I write this and there is very little 3G signal. A couple of days ago I felt like shit. Truly awful, and I think I'm experiencing for the first time in my life (having had severe depression since I was 14) the 'black dog' that so many have spoken of. All entirely ironic, considering I am thinking about a piece of film for the 'It Gets Better Campaign.' I'm thinking about it having not seen many...

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Gary Thomas on frustration, risk & money.

20 August 2010

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image of a tree with money attached to it

I am an intellectual. No, I'm not just saying that to show off or anything, I did an online quiz at www.oprah.comĀ and it told me so. It also said my need for helping others was my lowest score, (no surprise there) and creativity was up there in the highest marks (12 points) but my thirst for knowledge was paramount (14 points). I wonder if this is why I'm feeling frustrated at the moment, which I really am right now. I would like to use this frustration to take risks that would mean I can get...

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Some more notes from Gary Thomas on filming 'Moving In',

16 August 2010

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This post was written on Friday 23 July 2010 Fifth day of shooting Moving In and I am realising why film is not art. I'm also realising that it takes a whole load of people (and we don't have a whole load of people) to make things happen, and I also realise that I'm coping relatively well with the responsibility, as the crew we do have is very good. The actors are good too. Yesterday was a bit of a f*** up as we'd planned to do a load of scenes in the kitchen with all the actors, and for...

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Gary Thomas on his way to direct 'Moving In'

31 July 2010

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photo of three actors lying around in a bedroom

The first of these blog posts were written whilst filming 'Moving In', a couple of weeks ago on Sunday 18th July 2010. I am currently on the train to Portsmouth. Despite being disabled I have managed to bring two rucksacks and two suitcases with me. Hence, I may well be hideously stressed by the end of the journey. I'm going to Portsmouth to direct a half hour film that my friend has written, about four students who discover life, love etc... and I think it'll be good. Hopefully it will be...

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