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The Reason I Jump (12A)

22-27 June

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Audio descriptions are available for all showings of this film

Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

Details

Based on the bestselling 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 distills these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Higashida’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

Please note: This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.


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This is a wondrous work.

The Hollywood Reporter

As emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold.

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