Watch this: Lost Dog
JASON out of Sleaford Mods stars alongside Jamie Beddard in this short film by writer and director Andrew Tiernan highlighting the cruel nature of disability cuts and their consequences as well as the alarming rise in hate crimes against disabled people.
Tiernan's film offers a tiny yet thought provoking slice of life in 'austerity Britain' as experienced by Icky (Beddard), a man with cerebral palsy who loses his home and carer in quick succession thanks to benefit cuts.
One of the most striking messages of Lost Dog is how the government expects the friends and family of disabled people to 'pick up the slack' in terms of their care – a problem represented by Robbo (Williamson), one of Icky's mates from his five-a-side football days whom he's forced to approach for help.
When Icky gets a kicking from the local thugs who refer to him as a "spastic werewolf", he and an alarmed Robbo pair spend an afternoon trying to figure out what Icky's next move should be while wandering the local greenways together.
The 20-minute film is available to rent and buy online from just £1.59, and limited edition DVDs are also available from Kobpr.com/lostdogfilm.