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Autism and Cinema: An exploration in neurodiversity

Wellcome and Barbican have partnered up to deliver a programme of screenings that compliment Autism Awareness Month in April. Project Art Works are delighted to have two of our films included in the programme.

The Mask, Directed by Sharif Persaud and Tim Corrigan, will be screened on 7th April and Terry, directed by Annis Joslin, will be shown on the 29th April.

Find out more about the programme here.

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 in the series are Relaxed Screenings

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. 

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