This Barbican touring programme debates new ideas arising from the relationship between autism and cinema.
Bringing together a diverse selection of films, ranging from documentary to animation, and 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 throws out of joint the ‘neurotypical’ lives of those around them.
A cinema reflective of autism and the experience of neurodiversity is rare. Yet it has 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 Relaxed Screenings.
A Barbican programme, presented in collaboration with the Centre for Film and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London as part of a research project supported by Wellcome.
Previously in this season
Double bill/ Jigsaw + Illuminating the Wilderness Q&A
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Robina Rose, director of Jigsaw, and Kate Adams, Artistic Director at Project Art Works.
Double bill/ Jigsaw + Illuminating the Wilderness
A double bill of experimental works, highlighting the power of unconventional cinematic approaches in capturing the experiences of autistic participants.
Keep the Change + Q&A
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Sam Ahern, artist and member of the Neurocultures Collective, chaired by Dr David Hartley, Project Administrator…
Keep the Change
By casting actors with autism to play characters with autism, Keep the Change has a layer of realism in its depiction of the budding romance…
Temple Grandin + 7 Minutes with Temple Grandin
Diagnosed at a time when long-term institutional care was still common, Grandin overcame all odds to pursue her education. Plus/ 7 Minutes with Temple Grandin,…
Temple Grandin + 7 Minutes with Temple Grandin Introduction
This screening will be preceded by an introduction from Dr David Hartley, Project Administrator for Autism through Cinema.