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Autism and Cinema: An exploration in neurodiversity

Autism in Cinema and Barbican will deliver a programme of screenings that compliment Autism Awareness Month in April. Project Art Works are delighted to have three films included in the programme.

Autism and Cinema

Tuesday 21 September – The Mask, Directed by Sharif Persaud and Tim Corrigan. Book here.

Thursday 23 September – Illuminating the Wilderness, a Project Art Works film co directed by Kate Adams and Tim Corrigan will be shown with Jigsaw a film by Robina Rose. The screenings will be accompanied by an in conversation with Kate and Robina. Book here.

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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