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Autism and Cinema

An exploration of neurodiversity

Season Overview:

This season debates new ideas arising from the relationship between autism and cinema. It brings together a diverse selection of films, ranging from documentary to genre-twisting fiction to experimental filmmaking, from within the autistic community.

This programme asks how the language of cinema can be challenged and changed by autistic perspectives.

Typically, cinema has depicted characters with autism from the outside, looking in with fascination at a high-functioning or magical character who disrupts the ‘neurotypical’ lives of those around them. Films that reflect autism and the experience of neurodiversity are rare. Yet they have much to offer our understanding of inner and outer life, ushering in new sensory and relational ways of being in the world.

All screenings will be presented in a relaxed and low-sensory environment:

  • There are no trailers at the beginning of the film. The film starts straight after the introduction.
  • The cinema 'house' lights are on as you enter the auditorium. As the film starts the 'house' lights are turned down and the stair LED lights remain on throughout.
  • The sound levels are slightly turned down.
  • People can sit* where they feel most comfortable. Please note: *allocated seating may be introduced due to Scottish Government distancing restrictions.
  • If the film is triggering for you then you can leave the auditorium at any time. There are seats outside of the auditorium or an usher can guide you to a low-sensory, relaxed area.
  • Sometimes people can become overwhelmed by their environment and so we offer glow sticks to help communication between audience and ushers. More information about how this works is provided on the night.
  • Straight after the film finishes the 'house' lights are turned on and a post-film chat will start. At this point, the audience are welcome to share what they thought of the film and/or the cinema experience.
  • All events will be supported by trained autism facilitators and the Access Film Club event will be led by an autistic host.

Please read the GFT Visual Story: Access Film Club which, using text and images, explains what to expect when you arrive at GFT and helps prepare you for your visit.

This programme is presented in collaboration with the Barbican Centre and the Centre for Film and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London as part of a research project supported by Wellcome.

Films in this Season

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24 January

Temple Grandin + recorded introduction and exclusive recorded interview with Temple Grandin (PG)

Drawn from the subject’s own memoirs, Temple Grandin details the life story of the incredible autistic thinker and advocate who transformed the cattle farming industry.

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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