Transcript: And Then Something Changed
White letters read: A Sticky Pictures Production
White letters read: And Then Something Changed
A child with brown hair is in bed.
The child gets up and puts on glasses.
A girl’s voice cries, LOUIS, GET UP!
The girl calls, DAD SAID GET DRESSED!
Louis presses the bedframe and frowns.
The girl yells, LOUIS!
Louis says, WHAT? WHAT THE...
Louis says, I'M UP!
BED'S NOT WORKING.
The girl says, WHAT?
Louis climbs out of bed. He is a little person.
(Drumming sounds begin)
Louis presses a clock. He pulls on sweatpants.
Louis mutters, JUST GOTTA GET IT.
Louis takes a blue shirt out of a closet.
Louis calls, ISLA, WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY SCHOOL SHIRT?
Isla calls, WHAT?
(Drumming sounds continue)
Louis tries to pull the shirt over his head.
Louis says, IT'S NOT FUNNY, IT'S NOT GOING ON!
Louis comes out of a room wearing a striped shirt. A girl around seven or eight years old plays on a drum kit. Louis looks at her.
Isla asks, WHAT?
Louis stands at the top of a staircase. He presses a button, and a light overhead turns on. Louis presses the button again.
(Music playing softly)
Louis says, WEIRD!
Louis yells, DAD, THE STAIRS AREN'T WORKING!
Isla says, FIRST DOWN WINS.
Isla goes down the stairs, with Louis following.
A dark-haired man is in a kitchen.
The dark-haired man says, ALL RIGHT, I'M JUST GOING TO GIVE YOU SOME PORRIDGE, KIDDO. THEN WE'D BETTER GET GOING.
The dark-haired man looks at Louis and says, HEY, YOU'RE AWAKE!
Louis says, YEP.
The dark-haired man says, OH, YOUR HAIR.
Louis stomps his foot against the floor. He does it again.
Louis says, AW MAN, THE FLOOR ISN'T WORKING EITHER. IS THIS A DREAM?
Isla says, PROBABLY.
Isla lifts a book. The cover reads: What You Looking At?
A vintage 1950s car moves over a dirt road.
(Song playing on car radio)
Singing, SHE'S PLAYING ON THE RADIO, RIGHT ON THE TRACK, DOWN FROM THE RIVER, ALL THE WAY BACK, I'M DRIVING DOWN...
Louis asks, DAD, YOU WORKING TODAY?
Dad says, NOPE. WHY?
Louis asks, CAN I STAY HOME?
Dad says, OH, LOUIS, YOU'RE GOING TO SCHOOL, MATE.
Louis says, I DON'T WANT TO GO.
Isla says, I DO, I'VE GOT COOKING.
Louis says, I HAVE A WEIRD FEELING ABOUT TODAY. SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT.
Isla says, WE'RE MAKING SOUP.
Louis asks, DO I HAVE TO GO?
Dad says, YOU'LL BE FINE. JUST TRY AND TAKE IT EASY.
Isla says, ZUCCHINI SOUP.
Singing, I HOLD THE MEMORY OF A SONG I ALWAYS KEEP AND I'M DRIVING DOWN
The car pulls up to a small school, surrounded by a wooden fence.
Isla cries, WHOO-HOO! SCHOOL!
Louis asks, DAD, CAN YOU LOWER THE CAR?
Dad says, NO.
Louis says, WHY IS NOTHING WORKING TODAY? THIS IS THE WORST DAY EVER.
Dad asks, WHERE'S YOUR UNIFORM?
(Kids shouting, laughing)
Louis stands by the fence and waves.
Louis says, COME ON. OPEN!
A girl with curly hair says, HI, LOUIS.
Louis says, HI, RUBY.
Ruby opens a gate on the fence and goes in.
Louis says, I GUESS IT'S BUSTED LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.
Ruby says, I GUESS.
Louis takes off a backpack and drops it on the ground.
Louis says to the backpack, MOVE! PLEASE MOVE?
Louis grabs the backpack and drags it along.
A dark-haired woman says, PICK UP YOUR BAG, PLEASE, LOUIS.
Louis picks up the backpack. He starts to run after other children, then drops the backpack. He turns back for it.
Louis tries to toss the backpack in a cubby, but it is too high. A red-haired boy comes in and puts a bag in a cubby.
The red-haired boy says, HEY, LOUIS.
Louis says, HI, MAX.
Max asks, UM, WHERE'S YOUR SCHOOL SHIRT?
Max asks, ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?
Louis says, NOT REALLY, NOTHING IS WORKING, EVEN MY LOCKER.
A child in a wool hat says, NICE SHIRT.
Louis tries to throw his backpack into the cubby again.
A grey-haired teacher looks over.
The teacher says, JASPER, CAN YOU PLEASE HELP LOUIS WITH HIS BAG?
Jasper picks up the backpack and puts it in a cubby.
The teacher says, THANK YOU.
Louis says, CAN YOU GUYS GO ONLINE TONIGHT AND PLAY ACCESS VALLEY?
Jasper says, CAN'T, I'VE GOT WATER POLO PRACTICE.
Louis says, MAX, WE CAN FINISH THE LIVING ROOM OR THE KITCHEN.
Max says, PROBABLY NOT, MY MUM SAID I'M IN TROUBLE.
The teacher says, GOOD MORNING, CLASS.
Students say, GOOD MORNING.
The teacher says, TODAY WE'RE GOING TO MAKE A START ON OUR PRESENTATIONS. I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT HOW YOUR DRAWINGS AND DIAGRAMS SHOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO MARGINALIZED. CAN ANYONE REMIND US WHAT THAT MEANS? JUNE.
June says, MARGINALISATION IS TREATING PEOPLE LIKE THEY'RE NOT IMPORTANT AND DON'T BELONG.
The teacher says, GOOD, THAT WAS WELL SAID, JUNE.
The teacher asks, AND WHAT IMPACT DOES THAT HAVE ON THEM? HOW DOES THAT MAKE THEM FEEL?
Max asks, ARE YOU OKAY? IS YOUR BACK HURTING?
Louis says, KIND OF.
Max asks, DO YOU WANT ME TO GET YOU A DIFFERENT CHAIR?
Louis says, NO, I'M ALL RIGHT.
Max says, ARE YOU SURE?
Louis says, YEAH.
Louis closes his eyes and everything around him grows dark.
Louis is an animated character in a cartoon forest.
A voice says, WELCOME TO ACCESS VALLEY.
Louis walks toward a treehouse.
The space below the treehouse lights up and icons appear. An icon of stairs glows. Louis grabs the icon and stairs appear, leading up to the treehouse. Louis uses more icons to add railings and turn the stairs into an escalator.
The teacher calls, LOUIS? LOUIS, ARE YOU WITH US?
Louis opens his eyes in the classroom.
The teacher asks, ARE YOU OKAY?
Louis says, YEAH.
The teacher says, IT'S LUNCHTIME.
(Kids laughing, shouting)
Students play outside. Isla goes up a climbing wall. Max eats. Louis bites an apple.
Louis says, HEY, MAX, HOW ABOUT ADDING STAIRS GOING UP TO THE HOUSE? THE BASKET LIFT TAKES TOO LONG FOR ME.
Max asks, IN THE VALLEY?
Louis says, YEAH.
Max says, THAT WOULD BE SICK.
Louis says, WE COULD MAKE IT MOVE LIKE THE STAIRS AT MY DAD'S HOUSE.
Max asks, YOUR DAD PLAYS?
Louis says, NO, IN REAL LIFE.
Jasper says, HEY LOUIS, HEY, MAX.
Max and Louis say, HEY, JASPER.
Max says, WHAT ABOUT BUILDING MORE MOVING STAIRS?
Jasper looks at food and says, QUICHE.
Max says, LEADING UP TO THE GARDEN YOU MADE ON THE ROOF.
Louis says, MORE MOVING STAIRS WOULDB E DECENT, BUT MINE AREN'T WORKING TODAY. A LOT OF STUFF AREN'T WORKING TODAY. HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT?
Max asks, WHERE, IN THE VALLEY?
Louis says, NO, REAL LIFE. AT MY HOUSE, IN THE CAR, AT SCHOOL. IT'S WEIRD.
A child says, WHAT ABOUT YOU, THOUGH?
Jasper says, I LOVE QUICHE.
Louis says, ME TOO.
Max says, YEAH, IT'S THE BEST.
A ball sails over the fence.
(Thudding, dog barking)
Max asks, SHOULD WE HELP?
A red-haired girl says, YOU KICKED IT, WHY SHOULD I GO OVER AND GET IT?
A brown-haired boy says, I CAN'T CLIMB THAT FENCE!
The red-haired girl says, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK I CAN? MAX, YOU'RE GOOD AT CLIMBING.
Max says, NOT REALLY.
Jasper says, WHY DON'T YOU CLIMB THE TREE? BY THE FAR END OF THE OVAL.
Max asks, THE ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE A SIDEWAYS SHOE?
Jasper says, YEAH, AROUND THE BACK THERE'S A BRANCH THAT HANGS OVER, AND THEN YOU CAN USE THE STEP ON THE OTHER SIDE.
The brown-haired boy says, NO WAY, WHY DON'T YOU DO IT?
Jasper says, YOU KNOW I HAVE A FEAR OF HEIGHTS.
The brown-haired boy says, NO, I DIDN'T.
Jasper says, YEAH, I GET THIS DIZZY FEELING AND THEN I NEED TO USE THE TOILET--
Max asks, WHAT ABOUT LOUIS?
Everyone looks at Louis.
The red-haired girl says, HE'S TOO SMALL.
Louis looks down at the ground.
Ruby says, AND OTHER RECENT PROGRESS FOR WOMEN, IN 2010, JULIA GILLARD BECAME AUSTRALIA'S FIRST FEMALE PRIME MINISTER. AND THEN IN 2017, THE WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE BEGAN. THE END.
The teacher says, THANK YOU, RUBY. THINGS ARE DEFINITELY GETTING BETTER, BUT WE'VE STILL GOT A LONG WAY TO GO.
The teacher says, OKAY, WE'LL CONTINUE OUR PRESENTATIONS TOMORROW. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT, EVERYONE.
Students say, BYE, MISS!
Louis gets down from his chair.
The vintage car drives along the road.
Isla and Dad sing along, OH MY HAIR IS FLOWING IN THE AIR. OOH, I'M GONNA DANCE LIKE I JUST DON'T CARE. MONDAY THROUGH TO SUNDAY, ALL DAY IS A FUN DAY.
Dad asks, HEY, DO YOU GUYS WANT TO GO FOR ICE CREAM?
Isla cries, YES!
Louis says, NO. I'M TOO TIRED AND MY BACK HURTS. YOU SAID I COULD PLAY ACCESS VALLEY.
Dad says, I CAN'T HEAR YOU, LOU.
Louis says, YOU SAID I COULD PLAY ACCESS VALLEY.
Louis yawns and closes his eyes.
He is back in the animated world. Louis grabs a floating gem.
His backpack glows and icons appear above it. Wheels appear on the backpack. The backpack rolls on its own. Louis grabs another floating gem.
A glowing green square appears and turns into a step. It raises Louis up to level with a counter. He grabs a gem floating above the counter.
An animated sun goes down.
It is nighttime in the real world. Isla does cartwheels in a living room. Louis puts a disc in a machine. He looks up at a high shelf.
Louis calls, ISLA! CAN YOU GET THE TV REMOTE?
Isla stand on a chair and gets a remote control. She gives it to Louis.
Isla says, THAT WOULD BE ONE CHOCOLATE FROG, PLEASE.
Louis says, LATER.
Louis gets on a couch and presses a remote. A television screen shows a video game called, “Access Valley.”
(Game music starting)
A woman’s voice says, WELCOME TO ACCESS VALLEY.
Louis puts on a headset and picks up game controls. Onscreen, his backpack wheels around on its own. Louis puts a blanket over his legs.
Onscreen, a shelf glows. Louis selects an icon and the shelf lowers. His character puts the backpack in a cubby.
The game shows blue water rushing straight down into a hole in the floor. The hole reveals a green forest below. Another video game character appears.
Louis says, MAX, YOU MADE IT.
Max says, YEP, I LIKE THE STAIRS. NICE WORK.
Louis says, THANKS. WE BUILT AN AWESOME WORLD, DIDN'T WE?
Max says, YEAH, WE DID.
A voice calls, MAX, ARE YOU IN THERE?
Max whispers, OH NO, MOM IS HERE. I'VE GOTTA GO.
The other character disappears. Louis looks at the screen.
Louis’ character looks at the water.
Louis stares at the face of the video game character. The character closes his eyes.
Louis is asleep in his bed.
Louis puts on his glasses.
Louis presses a button on the bedframe and the whole bed lowers. Louis gets out of bed. He presses a clock.
Louis puts on pants without effort. He opens a closet, and the clothes are all hung within reach. He puts on a shirt and it closes itself. Louis kicks his feet together and his sneakers Velcro themselves.
Louis goes to the top of the stairs. He presses a button and the stairs begin to move downwards.
Louis says, YES!
Louis rides the stairs down, with Isla behind him.
Louis taps the kitchen floor with his foot and the tile square he is standing on rises.
Dad asks, HOW MANY GRAPES DO YOU WANT IN YOUR LUNCH?
Isla says, UM, 850.
Dad says, THAT'S ONE, TWO, 850. DO YOU WANT 850 GRAPES TOO, LOU?
Louis says, YEAH.
Dad asks, HOW'D YOU SLEEP?
Louis says, WEIRDLY.
Dad asks, STRANGE DREAMS?
Louis says, I THINK SO. OR IS THIS A DREAM?
Isla says, DEFINITELY NOT.
Louis says, WELL, STUFF IS WORKING AGAIN SO THAT'S GOOD.
The car pulls up to the school. The car lowers closer to the ground and Louis gets out.
Isla says, BYE, DAD.
Dad says, HAVE A GOOD DAY.
Louis says, BYE, DAD.
Dad says, BYE, LOUIS!
(Kids shouting, laughing)
Children play outside. Louis walks toward the gate, with his backpack wheeling along behind him. Louis waves his hand and the gate opens.
The cubby shelves lower and Louis puts his backpack in one.
Louis says, HI, MAX.
Max says, HEY, LOUIS! HOW ARE YOU GOING?
Louis says, EXCELLENT, AND STUFF WORKS.
Max says, THAT'S GOOD.
Students sit on the floor in the classroom.
The teacher says, HELLO, EVERYONE.
The students say, HELLO.
The teacher says, I HOPE YOU ALL GOT A GOOD REST LAST NIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO FINISH OUR PRESENTATIONS TODAY. ANY VOLUNTEERS?
Louis raises his hand.
The teacher says, LOUIS, WHY DON'T YOU START? AND JASPER AND SARAH, COULD YOU LOWER THE BLINDS FOR ME, PLEASE?
Louis goes to the front of the room. A screen behind him shows a picture of the Sphinx.
Louis reads from a notebook, MARGINALIZATION IS NOT ALLOWING A GROUP OF PEOPLE AN ACTIVE VOICE, IDENTITY, OR PLACE IN SOCIETY.
Louis looks up and says, I HAVE ACHONDROPLASIA, A TYPE OF DWARFISM. IT'S WHERE MY ARMS AND LEGS GROW SHORTER. AND I'M NOT AS TALL AS OTHER PEOPLE. BUT YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT. BUT DID YOU KNOW, IF I WAS BORN 4,000 YEARS AGO, THE EGYPTIANS WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF ME AS A GOD? AND THEN SOMETHING CHANGED. PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES WERE TREATED LIKE THEY WEREN'T EVEN HUMAN. HOUSES, SCHOOLS, AND JOBS WEREN'T BUILT TO INCLUDE THEM. THEY WERE LEFT OUT OF SOCIETY. IMAGINE WHAT THAT WOULD BE LIKE. OUR WORLD IS PRETTY DIFFERENT NOW, I CAN ACCESS MY SCHOOL AND MY HOME. WHILE IT'S STILL NOT EQUAL, BUT I HOPE IT IS SOON.
Louis turns to the screen.
Louis says, AND THIS IS A CAT DRESSED AS A DONUT.
Children play outside. Three children work on a garden. Children kick a soccer ball. Jasper, Louis and Max eat lunch outside.
Louis asks, DO YOU EVER GET CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT'S REAL?
Jasper says, ALL THE TIME.
Louis says, LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM. NOTHING WAS WORKING, THE STAIRS, MY CLOTHES, THE FLOOR. MY BODY HURT. I COULDN'T REACH THINGS. IT FELT REAL.
Max asks, AND THEN SOMETHING CHANGED?
Louis says, YEAH, I WOKE UP.
Jasper asks, ANYONE WANT SOME POLENTA?
The soccer ball goes over the fence.
(Thudding, dog barking)
The brown-haired boy says, I'M NOT GOING OVER THE FENCE AGAIN!
The red-haired girl says, BUT YOU KICKED IT.
The brown-haired boy says, IT WENT OFF YOUR LEG.
Louis asks, DID YOU LOSE THE BALL?
The brown-haired girl says, WELL, LACHIE DID.
Jasper says, WHY DON'T YOU CLIMB UP THAT TREE OVER THERE?
Max says, THE ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE AN UPSIDE DOWN EGGPLANT?
Jasper says, YEAH, AROUND THE BACK THERE'S A BRANCH THAT HANGS OVER. IT'S A PRETTY EASY DROP FROM THERE ONTO THE SHED, AND THEN A SMALL STEP DOWN.
Lachie says, I DON'T KNOW, THERE'S A DOG OVER THERE. MAX, YOU LIKE DOGS.
Max says, NO I DON'T.
Lachie says, I THOUGHT YOU HAD GREYHOUNDS. WHAT ABOUT THAT DOGS THAT ARE ALWAYS CHASING YOU AT THE PARK?
Max says, THOSE AREN'T MY DOGS.
The red-haired girl says, HEY, LOUIS? WILL YOU DO IT?
Louis says, YEAH, I'LL DO IT.
Singing, LA-LA-LA-LA-LA LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA.
End credits read: Created by Eliza Hull and Keiran Watson-Bonnice
Directed and Written by Keiran Watson-Bonnice
Produced by Eliza Hull
Starring as Louis, Theo Watson-Bonnice
White text reads: A Sticky Pictures Production.
Logo: Sticky Pictures.
White text reads: DisRupted is an initiative of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Screen Australia
Logos: ABC. Australian Government. Screen Australia.
Copyright Sticky Pictures 2019
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