The Creative Industries Festival 2021: Diversity in Blockbuster Movies: Actor Arti Shah in conversation with Govind Chandran (OBU Film).

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Born 6 weeks premature, Arti Shah was diagnosed with pseudoachondroplasia aged two. This is a big word to describe a small person: 4ft to be exact. However Arti has never allowed her stature to hold her back and has enjoyed a successful career in acting and performing. She joins us to discuss her experiences and to call for greater diversity both in front and behind the camera.

Her film credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) as Maz Kanata. She was also a stand in for Rocket Racoon in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and played the Gringots Goblin in Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011) - making her one of the few people to have a role across the three most profitable franchises in Hollywood history.

Govind Chandran teaches filmmaking at Oxford Brookes University and is also a filmmaker whose work has been presented on Amazon Prime.