Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Ruairi Barrett 

BA [Hons] Production Design

Hi, I'm Ruairi. I am a Dublin based designer. I have always had a love of film, TV and theatre, enrolling in drama classes from a young age. My skills include set design both theatre and film, model making, puppet design, puppeteering, AutoCAD, and SketchUp, along with crochet and sewing. I love to read and create, I hope to be able to help bring worlds to life . I am a very organised person, who likes working alongside others to bring our collective ideas to the stage and screen.

Spare and Found Parts

Ireland is in the midst of recovering from a devastating pandemic that occurred 100 years ago. The population is being born without limbs, and so must use augmented, robotic limbs to compensate. Nell Crane, however, is the only one with an internal augmentation - her heart ticks. It is coming time for her to contribute to the cities rebuilding effort, and a change find of a mannequin hand inspires her to make a robotic boy, to help her world connect with their history, despite their distrust and condemnation of computers as heresy.

The Use of Science Fiction in the Representation of Disability in Contemporary Anglophone Film

This thesis looks at contemporary depictions of disability in Avatar (2009), The Shape of Water (2017), and Please Stand By (2017). The films are analysed simply on their merits of disability representation and associated tropes, looking at the modern strides and pitfalls that often appear within disability representation. Then the films are looked at in relation to their use of science fiction and how this affects, and often facilitates, disability tropes, given that science fiction adds a fantastical element that justifies a lot of these tropes. Finally, analysis is given to the films genre, and who the intended audiences are. None of these films have disabled people cast to play their lead disabled roles, nor do their have disabled people appearing often, if ever, behind the cameras, and this can lead to issues within the films themselves, as well as leaving disabled actors and filmmakers struggling to find work outside of smaller projects. The conversation around disabled representation within film is relatively new in terms of film analysis, and as such there is a small but broad set of opinions on this topic, that this thesis is aiming to be a part of.