|About the Book|
One of the best disability movies NEVER made, Nabil Shabans angst-ridden rebellious youth fictionalised in a screenplay about Hells Cripples that has more in common with such films as If..., Easy Rider, A Clockwork Orange, Catcher in theMoreOne of the best disability movies NEVER made, Nabil Shabans angst-ridden rebellious youth fictionalised in a screenplay about Hells Cripples that has more in common with such films as If..., Easy Rider, A Clockwork Orange, Catcher in the Rye, Quadrophrenia, Trainspotting than with My Left Foot or Inside,Im Dancing. Alex is a sixteen year old angry wheelchair-using Crip, and when he is sent against his wishes to a special institution for young disabled malcontents, he turns the place upside, and becomes the unquestioned leader of a Trike gang, creating mayhem in the local community.This is what Nabil Shaban has to say about this explosive 1983-1993 screenplay - KING OF THE INCURABLES is semi-autobiographical. The story is based on three years of my youth, from 1969 to 1972, when I was between the age of 16 and 19, where I was sent, on leaving the special school for disabled children, to the Derwen Training College and Sheltered Workshops for Cripples, near Oswestry in Shropshire, England. I hated the place, and felt I was having to serve a three prison sentence for no crime other than for being a disabled young person with no home and no useful education. The Derwen was called a college but I thought that was an insult to genuine colleges. I preferred to call that institution The Dump. It was a dumping ground for the crippled rejects of society, and as a consequence created an environment stuffed full to capacity of angry young men - bitter, frustrated, cynical, violent, vicious whose main preoccupations were booze, betting, bullying, battling and birds. Come to think of it, not very different from the majority of young guys, really...except we inmates of The Dump had physical and mental handicaps to add to our fury.