Tolerance: Ability not Inability – The Employment Game

After the first two blogs, explaining the current Tolerance project, we have had a number of requests to explain how the original project came about. Happy Reading!

The Employment Game was created as a result of my frustration at struggling to find a permanent job; something which still annoys me to this day, especially as not much has changed sadly. Because people see my wheelchair first and me second, I keep being offered training courses, instead of chances of work, and consequently, I have a CV as long as long as your arm.

This is something which Robert himself complains about bitterly in the finished Tolerance film. Like Robert in the Tolerance film the character in the Employment Game has to deal with a man who is not very sympathetic to his wanting paid employment, and will give him every excuse why he will not employ him in his firm.

The man in question is played by Rob Martin who plays a Mr Grosenberg like character, who in the Employment Game is minus the squeaky voice. I would bump into Rob again when making the Tolerance film when he was hired to provide the stills for the production; you can see his handy work in the photo gallery on this DVD and in the teaching pack .

Why is the short film the Employment Game included in the Tolerance project? Well, firstly, it shares a number of ideas and themes with the former. It treats a serious subject with a degree a humour which should make you smile and think at the same time. Secondly, it uses TV and film themes as part of its soundtrack; the Employment Game uses the now classic theme from the Rhubarb and Custard cartoon series.

The Tolerance film took this idea further and in the course of its short 25 minute run time you can hear themes from Star Wars, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Officer and a Gentleman and a few others. Lastly they both feature a person trying their hardest to get there dream job and succeeding in the end.

It is also part of the Tolerance film history that when the idea of the Tolerance film was first talked about, as co-ordinator of the group, I felt it was important to have some idea about what goes into film making, in order that when we did the real thing some months later I wouldn’t be completely lost on location or in a studio set. So I enrolled myself on a Film and TV-making course at Beaumont Street studios and as part of the course, we had to produce a short film – the Employment Game was born.

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