This is the story of a post-punk band made up of adults with learning disabilities, and the events following the tragic news that a band-mate had taken his own life. Filmed over the course of a year, both before and immediately after the tragedy, the film follows the group as they face their grief head-on and turn it into a united strength, self-belief and desire to continue. Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable, the band discover the transformative power of creativity. If you or someone you know has been affected by the issues discussed in this documentary, organisations are available to offer support and advice.
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Disabled Not Defeated: The Rock Band with Learning Disabilities
While there are a lot of popular mainstream musicians, Flame stands out from the rest of the pack. The band is composed of people with disabilities, which includes Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy,and blindness. How did they achieve their success? In , Lexington an agency supporting persons with disabilities created a talent show to support people with developmental disabilities. During the competition, vocalist Michelle King blew the audience away and emerged as the winner. She later expressed her desire to start her own band, so the agency opened auditions. At the beginning, the band booked gigs with the help of the agency, but they soon gained fame on their own across the world.
A band apart: Special-needs musicians aim for world stage
Since then they have released 4 EPs and one album, all which have sold out. They have toured and played gigs worldwide. PKN are also the subjects of the multi award-winning documentary, The Punk Syndrome , which provides an honest, funny and moving insight into their lives.