The Peanut Butter Falcon is a new film starring Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson. Zack, who has a learning disability, plays the film's lead character, Zak.

We've worked with Signature Entertainment for the release of the film to promote learning disability and inclusivity in the film industry.

Take a look at some of the exciting things we've been able to do for the release of this film on this page.

When Harry met Zack and Shia

Harry Roche, a film critic with a learning disability, interviewed Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf in London.

You can watch the full interview here.

Having more people with a learning disability in films and on television helps to raise awareness, as well as reducing stigma and discrimination.

Hidden disabilities will only become more visible if they are played by real people in films.

It also allows people with a learning disability, like me, to express ourselves. It also increases the number of people with a learning disability in employment, as it will allow them to have a job.

- Harry Roche, film critic

I feel privileged to be involved in writing a review of The Peanut Butter Falcon. I hope that it will be a box office hit! 

I’m excited for audiences to see this film and more actors with a learning disability in films in general. I’m also really excited for people to see my review and read my words on the poster.

It’s my first ever public film review, and I hope that this means there will be more in future! 

- Amy Clarke, film critic

Support our work

Recent research shows only 2.7% of speaking characters in popular movies between 2007 and 2016 were depicted as having a disability, of which over two thirds of characters were depicted as having a physical disability.

We want to increate the the representation of people with a learning disability - both on-screen and off.

You can also help support this, and all the work we do to improve the lives of people with a learning disability, by donating to Mencap.

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