Toby Jones, Gemma Jones
Film director: 
Julian Farino
Event date: 
Mon, 05/12/2016

On Mon 5th Dec Cardiff sciSCREEN organised a special FREE screening of the multi-award winning film MARVELLOUS, a drinks reception and post-film talks and discussion.

The film follows the life of Neil Baldwin, a man who was once labelled with learning difficulties and has shrugged off his perceived limitations to live an incredible life.

You can view the trailer by clicking HERE.


The event took place in the new Hadyn Ellis Building on Maindy Road (CF24 4HQ). Parking for blue badge holders is available to the side and rear of the building. The event will take place on the ground floor, which is all single level. The theatre has has an audio induction loop and has designated spaces for wheelchairs. The film will be subtitled in English. 

Cardiff University's accessibility information can be viewed HERE


Ben Lewis is 40-years-old and a Trustee on the Board of Management of Innovate Trust, an organisation that has been supporting people to live valued lives in their community for 50 years. He worked at McDonalds for 10 years, has worked at Greenshoots Catering, and currently works at Tŷ Hafan.

In 1996, Ben was part of an expedition that reached Base Camp at Everest, and he regularly takes part in events that raise money for charities. Ben helped to make a ground-breaking (and award-winning) Fire Prevention Video with South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Innovate Trust. (Video is on youtube and is available in English, Welsh, Audio Description and BSL.) Ben assisted in filming the video as well as starring in the film.

In 2017, Ben is representing Wales at the Special Olympics.

Professor Phil Fennell is a professor of Law at Cardiff's School of Law and Politics, where he teaches Medical Law, Public Law and Legal Foundations. He has published many articles and books on law and psychiatry. Phil has worked as specialist legal adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Committee on the Mental Health Bill 2004, to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, as well as to the Welsh Affairs Committee on the Draft Mental Health Legislative Competence Order 2008.

Phil is a regular speaker at conferences on mental health law and policy, and is frequently asked to give advice on policy issues to official bodies in Great Britain and Ireland. He has provided expert legal comment on topical issues of medical and mental health law for both BBC and ITV news and current affairs programmes. You can visit Phil's profile here.

Zoe Richards is a Young Person and Carers Manager for Learning Disability WalesZoe leads on the policy and campaign work for children, young people and carers and is the organisation's spokesperson for media enquiries relating to children, young people and carers. She is also manages our Love Life Project and Working Together with Parents project. 

Lily Beyer and Kerri Ince are both working on the Project SEARCH internship programme for people with a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at Cardiff University. Their work is part of the five-year Engage to Change project that started in April 2016. It will work with 800 employers across Wales to help 1,000 young people with learning disability and/or autism to develop their employment skills through paid work placements lasting between 6-12 months.

Dr Maggie Woodhouse is a senior lecturer in Cardiff’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. Her main interests are visual development in children with Downs syndrome and the eye care needs of children and adults with disabilities. Maggie is also interested in how visual impairment affects education and daily living skills.

Maggie has designed a test, The Cardiff Acuity Test, Cardiff Contrast Test and Cardiff Near Test, for this purpose. She is involved in the long-term study of visual and cognitive development in infants and young children with Down's Syndrome, who are at particular risk of eye defects. Her other interests are the aetiology of refractive and accommodative defects, and the impact of visual impairment on a child's development and education. You can view Maggie's profile here.

Due to unforeseen circumstances Dr Stephen Beyer will no longer be able to attend this event.


In 2016 Disability History Month runs from Nov 22nd to Dec 22nd. You can find out more HERE

This event is organised in association with Alison Tarrant and Derek Tilley of Cardiff Law School’s Centre for Health and Social Care Law.

This screening of Marvellous is courtesy of Fifty Fathoms and Tiger Aspect Productions.

This event is joint funded by the Wellcome Trust and Cardiff University's College the Biomedical and Life Sciences.

College of Biomedical and Life Sciences logo     Wellcome Trust logo

Articles on this film:

My Trek to Everest

My name is Ben Lewis. In 1996 I was a member of a team from Wales that planned to trek to Base Camp Everest. Other expedition members included: • Andrew Williams • Steve Rose • Jonathan Smith • Mike Hopkins • Louise Smith • John Diplock – Expedition Leader • Peter Jones – Team Doctor. • Martin Simmonds • Our Sherpa Guides