BBC Three Unveils New Fresh Documentary From betty
BBC Three has commissioned six new one-off documentaries for its Fresh strand – the channel’s established scheme for new directors looking for a break into prime-time film-making – including The Ugly Face of Disabled Hate Crime (W/T) from betty.
Adam Pearson has Neurofibromatosis - a genetic condition that causes non-cancerous tumours called Fibromas to grow along his nerve endings. Whilst these can grow anywhere, most of Adam's have grown on his face, causing severe disfigurement. Despite undergoing 31 operations the 29-year-old still has a prominent disfigurement. The condition has left him with growths on the left hand side of his face and chin, causing a great deal of asymmetry and scarring and folding to the skin. He is also blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other.
In this one off documentary Adam reveals what life is like in his world - people laughing at him, calling him names, taking photos when they think he's not looking and sometimes even trying to peel his face off because they think it's a mask. At school Adam was spat on by other children and people have called him The Elephant Man.
Adam thinks disability crime should be taken as seriously as racism and religious hate crime. Despite disabled hate crime climbing to record levels the law barely recognises it and Adam wants to change that.
Through elements of secret filming to reveal how people behave towards him, and by talking to other victims, Adam is on a mission to understand where these crimes come from and who the perpetrators really are.
The Executive producer is Vicky Hamburger, Head of Documentaries at betty. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Elliot Reed.