Kris: The Power of Support

We all need it – but what is the power of support?

Kris Saunders Stowe was at rock bottom until he found a support network, that for the first time, allowed him to find empowerment in his disability.

Kris has osteoarthritis, a condition which breaks down the cartilage in his joints. Now it's his mission to inspire others to find the same, regardless of their sexuality or ability, so they too can enjoy the liberation of accepting their disability.

Kris does this by taking his all access, disability friendly fitness class on their toughest journey yet. The superhero series is a multi-sport para-triathlon that will show you, and the world, the strength, and ability of the community Kris has built around him.

This documentary follows Kris and his husband as they prepare with the participants of their Wheely Fitness Class to go to the Superhero Paratri.

We want to take this film to LGBT+ and disability film festivals across the world, and take Kris's empowering message to people all over the world. Will you support Kris and the power of his story to change perceptions about being gay and having disabilities?

  • Jamie Wareham
    Director
  • Lewis Peters
    Film Editor
  • Sandeep Grewal
    Executive Producers for npower
  • Scott Nunn
    Executive Producers for Gay Star Films
  • Tris Reid-Smith
    Executive Producers for Gay Star Films
  • Stu Hosker
    Executive Producers for Gay Star Films
  • Jamie Wareham
    Producer
  • David Young
    Production Coordinator
  • Jamie Wareham
    Production Coordinator
  • Lewis Peters
    Colorist
  • Eleanor Smart
    Sound
  • Eleanor Smart
    Photography
  • Lewis Peters
    Photography
  • Kris Saunders Stowe
    Key Cast
  • Deane Saunders Stowe
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    LGBT, LGBTI, gay, disability
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 22 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jamie Wareham

Jamie Wareham is Head of Broadcast at Gay Star News and oversees the video and audio, production team. Responsible for leading broadcast strategy and projects including short-form social media and YouTube videos, to long-form documentaries that tell unique stories within our community. Jamie joined Gay Star News as Young Voices editor in 2017 following his time as a volunteer and now mentor of National Student Pride.

Previously a content manager and podcast producer for audioBoom, producing documentary and editorial content for clients including Stand Up To Cancer, City A.M. and talent agencies. Jamie hosts the #QueerAF storytelling podcast which commissions students, graduates and LGBT+ producers to tell queer stories that empower and inspire.

Growing up in Basingstoke in the UK, struggling with being gay as a kid – Jamie is passionate about the power of LGBT+ stories abilities to give young queer and beyond the binary youth a sign in our confusing world they are OK. Hit with major health difficulties aged 17, and now living with hidden disabilities and long term conditions, he is keen to tell stories about people with disabilities whether they are hidden, physical or mental health.

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Director Statement

Kris's story is empowering and inspiring. As someone with chronic pain and other hidden disabilities, Kris helped me, as he helps those we follow in this documentary, come to terms with the way I feel and talk about my own disabilities. Very proud for this to be my directorial debut for a video documentary.