Enabling everything: scale, disability and the film The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne played the part of Stephen Hawking in the film. They are posing for the camera with Eddie holding an Oscar.
Eddie Redmayne and Stephen Hawking

As Stephen Hawking says, “In twenty years, men may be able to live on the Moon. In forty years we may get to Mars. In the next 200 years we may leave the solar system and head for the stars. But meanwhile, we would like to get to the supermarket, the cinema, restaurants.” 

An article by Vickie Gauci and Anne-Marie Callus discusses access and inclusion from the perspective of Stephen Hawking as portrayed in the recent film, The Theory of Everything. The title of the open access article is, Enabling everything: scale, disability and the film The Theory of Everything.  

Abstract: This article looks at the representation of scale in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything, identifying moments that relate to three concerns: firstly, how disabled people experience scale issues at an all too practical level in daily life; secondly, how Hawking’s experience of scale at the level of both body and mind is (a)typical of the way it is experienced by disabled people generally; and, thirdly, how a focus on the film can prompt some rethinking of perspectives both within disability studies and within the conceptualisation of scale more broadly.