The Sense of an Ending – and of things just beginning...

Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter… and Harvey Waterman. These of the stars of brand-new film The Sense of an Ending, released today.

The Sense of an Ending, originally a novel by Julian Barnes, has been adapted by award-winning playwright, Nick Payne for the big screen.

It won the 2011 Man Booker Prize and was nominated in the Costa Book Awards.

Tony, an elderly divorcee played by Jim Broadbent, receives a letter that unlocks memories of a relationship he had with an enigmatic woman (Charlotte Rampling) in the 1960s.

During the film, the characters meet five adults with learning disabilities – played by Access All Areas’ very own Graham, Imogen, Philip, Nathan and Harvey.

The team worked incredibly hard on their scenes and all that hard work paid off!

Over a year later the actors attended an exclusive VIP Gala event to celebrate the launch of the film

They walked the red carpet alongside Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling and were invited up on stage in front of the audience.

When they saw each other at the event, Jim Broadbent remembered Harvey – not just from The Sense of an Ending, but from working together on Walter, thirty-five years previously!

Walter explores social care in 1980s Great Britian through the story of a young man with a learning disability, Walter, played by Sir Ian McKellen.

The film was the first ever to be broadcast on Channel 4, on its opening night.

Jim Broadbent plays an orderly called Joseph, and Harvey featured as a patient in the hospital.

Harvey, who turned 80 this year, has amazing memories of acting – and horrific memories of the institutions like those in Walter.

So, alongside a group of researchers with learning disabilities, we created Madhouse, My House?, an exhibition that uses the memories of Harvey and activist Mabel Cooper to explore life in long-stay institutions

The exhibition runs at Hackney Museum until May 20th – and lives on through the work of our WikiMasters on our Madhouse Wiki.

Despite talk of archives, institutions and films made long ago, it's all happening now at Access All Areas

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Zara and Charlene What Larks

This week we teamed up with television production company What Larks to film a showreel to display our actors range of talents.

To show that actors with learning disabilities can be cast to play more than just their disability.

What Larks have previously worked with two of our actors Dayo Koleosho and Imogen Roberts on Channel 4’s Damned by Jo Brand.

And we’re proud to announce seven of our professional actors are now represented for stage and screen by acclaimed agency Simon & How. Auditions have already started to roll in.

So whilst for Tony and his friends, it may be the sense of an ending – for the actors at Access All Areas it’s only just beginning.