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Access Film Club

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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 autistic people, learning disabled people and neurodivergent people, a relaxed environment can be the ideal way to enjoy a film.

Films are chosen in response to a theme set by The National Autistic Society Scotland.

Every event is a social night out. 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 want to ensure that people who enjoy relaxed film screenings 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?

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.

Access Film Club takes place on the second Monday of every month.

We run the club in our comfortable Cinema 3 space which seats up to 60* which includes 2 wheelchair accessible spaces. Please note: *capacity may change due to Scottish Government distancing restrictions - check current listings for up-to-date information.

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

The event features an introduction and post-film chat led by an autistic host who can offer autism interest information. In addition, we have volunteers with autism awareness training on hand to answer any questions.

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

The cinema 'house' lights are on before the event begins. As the film starts the 'house' lights are turned down and the stair LED lights remain on throughout.

The film sound levels are slightly turned down.

You can sit* where they feel most comfortable. Please note: *allocated seating may be introduced due to Scottish Government distancing restrictions.

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.

If the film is triggering then you can leave the auditorium at any time. There are seats directly outside of the auditorium or an usher can guide you to a low-sensory, relaxed area.

Straight after the film finishes the lights are made brighter and a short 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.

A ticket costs £6.50 per person.

If you have a CEA card please show this card when buying your ticket at the box office and receive 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 contain a film screening but may also include an invited guest speaker and/or another arts event at the end.

Next up: Autism and Cinema. Click here to see the full programme.

Take a look at this video from one of our Access Film Club Special Events 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 Nicola Scott, Public Engagement Coordinator on nicola.scott@glasgowfilm.org.

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 The National Autistic Society Scotland online.

Thank you to the Trustees of Jennie S Gordon Memorial Foundation for supporting this programme.

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