Love, Lust, Disability: Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love premieres on Stan

To mark International Day of People with Disability, Stan adds an award-winning Australian doco about the search for intimacy by young gay playwright with cerebral palsy. The film's director-producer Pip Kelly tells us about making it and getting it on TV.

In the opening scenes of the half-hour documentary Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love we see a young gay guy organising a hookup on dating ap Grindr. It’s all looking promising for a fun fling until the other man opens the door and quickly registers that Thomas is not what he was expecting. 

Watching this scene play out is a bit uncomfortable – the quick excuses, the rudely shut door – but such rejections have been common for playwright, performer and disability advocate Thomas Banks, who lives with cerebral palsy. Challenging those snap judgments that other people make about him is part of why he was so keen to put his experiences on screen.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk