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Access Film Club

GFT, together with The National Autistic Society Scotland is delighted to provide Access Film Club, which includes a film screening and post-film chat in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Why is Access Film Club important?

Access Film Club is a popular and inclusive film event that happens at the Glasgow Film Theatre. 

Access Film Club is designed to engage with people aged 15+ who welcome a relaxed cinema environment.  For people who have autism, Asperger Syndrome, learning disabilities and/or difficulties in processing information, a relaxed environment is the best way to enjoy a film.

Every month a film is chosen in response to a theme set by The National Autistic Society Scotland. 

Every event offers autism interest information and we have 2 volunteers with autism on hand to answer any questions.

Every club always has a mixture of people and ages coming along. The club is not exclusive and it is important that everybody feels welcome to attend. At the GFT, we celebrate diversity and we want to make sure that people who enjoy the style of a relaxed film screening can find that with us. 

Watch a group of S6 pupils from Duncanrig High School talk about why Access Film Club matters to them.

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What can I expect at Access Film Club?

Access Film Club takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  

We run the club in our comfortable Cinema 3 space which seats 60 people or 57 people if we have 2 wheelchair users attending.

The event starts at 6pm and usually lasts 2 hours.

There are no trailers at the beginning of the film. The film starts straight after the introduction.

The cinema lights are on as you enter the screen and then during the film the lights are dimmed to a low level. 

The sound levels are slightly turned down

People can sit where they feel most comfortable.

If the film is triggering for you then you can leave the cinema at anytime.

We have a relaxed zone if someone needs to leave the event and be in a low sensory calm space.

Straight after the film finishes the lights are made brighter and we have a short post film chat. This chat is led by trained autism facilitators.

A ticket costs £5.50 per person. 

If you have a CEA card please show this card when buy your ticket at the box office and gain a free ticket for someone you wish to accompany you.

When is Access Film Club different?

Periodically we run special events at Access Film Club. 

This will always have a film screening as part of it but may also include an invited guest speaker and/or another arts event at the end.

Take a look at this video from one of our Access Film Club Special Event with Rory Hoy 

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If you have any questions about Access Film Club or have any suggestions for special film events please contact Jodie Wilkinson, Public Engagement Coordinator on jodie.wilkinson@glasgowfilm.org or 0141 352 8608.

If you would like specialist advice on autism/autism support services please contact The National Autistic Society Scotland who can advise you: 

The National Autistic Society Scotland - The leading charity for autistic people and their families. It provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaigns for a better world for autistic people.

To find out more about The National Autistic Society Scotland, autism and/or support services visit autism.org.uk/scotland or call 0808 800 4104 (lines are open 10-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-3pm on Fridays. 

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