In 'Is There Anybody Out There?', Director Ella Glendining sets out to find someone with a body just like hers, while painting a deeply authentic portrait of what it means to live a proudly disabled life in an ableist world.

The film is showing at this year's New Zealand Film Festival. It will be screened with open captions and two sessions will be audio described.

The film unfolds over four years as Ella Glendining searches for others with the same rare disability as her, never having seen anyone with a body like hers before. The film spans the Covid-19 pandemic, her unexpected pregnancy, and the birth of her son.

"A must-see for disabled and disability-adjacent audiences, and anyone who has ever wondered what ableism really looks like" — Red Nicholson

Is There Anybody Out There?  (screened with open captions)


  • Saturday 29 July - 11.00am - Rialto Cinemas Newmarket (audio described)
  • Monday 30 July - 6.15pm - ASB Waterfront Theatre
  • Thursday 3 August - 2.15pm - Rialto Cinemas Newmarket


  • Saturday 29 July - 10.00am - The Embassy (Deluxe screen) (audio described)

For more information and to book tickets see New Zealand International Film Festival - Is There Anybody Out There?.