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Access Film Club: The Reason I Jump (Relaxed Screening) (12A)

10 August

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Audio descriptions are available for all showings of this film


  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Join us for an online conversation

Join us for an autism-friendly Zoom conversation about The Reason I Jump on Thursday 12 August at 6pm. Click here to register.


In partnership with National Autistic Society Scotland, we are delighted to provide Access Film Club: a screening and post-film discussion in a friendly and welcoming environment.


Based on the best-selling book by Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of non-speaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Acutely observed moments in the lives of each of the characters are connected by passages from Higashida’s writing, in which a young Japanese boy journeys through an epic landscape, gradually discovering what his autism means to him, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps.

The film features a captivating soundtrack created by award-winning composer, Nainita Desai and National Autistic Society’s ambassador Elisabeth Wiklander, who is autistic and a cellist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, is the featured cellist. Award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell utilises the potential of cinema to evoke these intense sensory worlds, illustrating Higashida’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

All tickets £6.50

Information about the screenings:

In order to assist with the accessibility and enjoyment of this Relaxed screening, the film will be accompanied by a special subtitle stream which will include both subtitling of dialogue as well as warnings of potentially challenging or difficult moments within the film itself. These warnings will focus on moments that could be challenging from a visual, aural, and emotional perspective and will be accompanied by guidance text and symbols alerting viewers to the imminent approach of any such moments.

Click below to download the visual guide that accompanies this screening. If you have any questions about this screening or venue accessibility, please contact Public Engagement Coordinator Jodie Wilkinson at

If you require a wheelchair space please request this on booking or call our Box Office on 0141 332 6535. Please note this event begins at the stated time (18.00), there are no adverts or trailers. For monthly news sign up to autism-friendly enewsletter:

GFT was the first cinema in the UK to receive the Autism Friendly Award, in 2017.

Watch an introduction from our Public Engagement Coordinator, Jodie Wilkinson

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  • Director Jerry Rothwell
  • Cast Jim Fujiwara, David Mitchell, Jordan O’Donegan
  • Country UK/USA
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Running Time 1h22m
  • Certificate 12A

As per Scottish Government restrictions, seats available for all shows from 27 December to 23 January will be capped to meet the 1m social distancing requirement.

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