The Weighting Room

Created by Nicola Pennicott-Hall, The Pitch 2023

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Set in a celestial ‘Weighting Room’, where disabled secretarial angels use exquisite scales to weigh up the lives of those who are about to conceive, and the lives of those that are to be sent on into a new form. The Weighting Room takes the idea of disability being due to the sins of the parents, or the sins committed in a previous life - as spoken of in Exodus 20:5 - to its logical conclusion. CANDICE (late 20s, little person, bored of this shit) arrives in the heavens in a pool of holy light, only to discover that she is to be processed into a new body and has to do it all over again. The film explores themes of disability, entrenched ableism, and the difference society places between congenital and acquired disabilities.

Biblical Connection

Exodus 20:5 - “The iniquities of the fathers are visited upon the sons and daughters — unto the third and fourth generation." Adapting the concept of inherited sin to reflect the accepted belief of disability being a natural result of past wrong-doing and bringing it to its logical conclusion. It will also be using John 9:3 - “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” to mirror the Biblical notion that acquired disability is part of God’s plan, in order for God’s work to shine through them, as well as highlighting the contrasting image that society has of those who become disabled: as angelic, brave, and inspiring. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 - “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him” further explores the theological argument that it is all part of ‘God’s Plan’.