CPA talk to actor RJ Mitte about his new film with cerebral palsy at its heart

CPA talk to actor RJ Mitte about his new film with cerebral palsy at its heart
Posted on Thu 19 Sep 2019

Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte stars in Standing up For Sunny, a charming Australian rom-com about a loner with cerebral palsy who is roped into helping a comedian (Philippa Northeast) overcome her shyness.

Mitte, who has cerebral palsy in real life, gives a winning performance as Travis, a young man living in a ramshackle Sydney rental whose disability contributes to his social isolation and anger management issues. When he loses his maintenance job after lashing out at bullies, Travis ends up in a pub, where he puts his withering sarcasm to good use defending Sunny – a reluctant up-and-comer on the comedy circuit – from a sexist heckler. Soon Mikey (Sam Reid), the pub's owner and Sunny's overbearing boyfriend, hires Travis to help train Sunny in the art of the comeback, and naturally sparks ensue – along with romance and laughs aplenty. Standing Up for Sunny is a lively comedy with plenty to say about living with disability and discrimination.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) had the pleasure of talking to RJ Mitte while he was in Sydney to launch the world premiere of Standing up For Sunny at the Sydney Film Festival.

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“RJ is a fabulous role model for our cause, he’s passionate about the representation of disability in film and urges people living with disabilities to set their own goals and be positive about a bright future.

“Standing up For Sunny a fabulous Australian-made film and cerebral palsy is really right at the heart, providing a message of inclusion, I highly recommend it,” says Bronya Metherall, General Manager, Global Influence, Policy & Social Impact, Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

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