Special People stars Dominic Coleman as the platitudinous Jasper who sees himself as “a filter for reality” in spite of being completely detached from the real world. It is a delicious turn marked by blatant social ineptness and, at the same time, an admirable fighting spirit. Essentially, Coleman plays Jasper like the David Brent of the British indie film scene with the vital exception that he is definitely not on a mission to entertain people.
His class of three paraplegic teens are, like, so not amused. They’re virtual hostages in a community outreach programme, slumped listlessly in their wheelchairs as Jasper waffles on about dramatic intent and shows them clips from his own kitchen-sink short laden with awful cliches about life on a council estate.