12 Oct, 17:45 Temple Grandin
13 Oct, 18:00 Jigsaw & Illuminating the Wilderness
14 Oct, 18:00 Keep the Change
Glasgow Film Theatre
10 Jan, Keep the Change
17 Jan, Jigsaw & Illuminating the Wilderness
24 Jan, Temple Grandin
15 Jan, Jigsaw & Illuminating the Wilderness
23 Jan, Keep the Change
29 Jan, Temple Grandin
Typically, cinema has depicted autistic characters 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. Medical films similarly treated the behaviour of autistic individuals as eccentric and obscure, heralding a wave of anti-psychiatry and activism.
A cinema reflective of autism and opening onto 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.
Our season at the Barbican Cinema took place in September 2021 and screened a diverse selection of films, ranging from documentary to animation, and genre-twisting fiction to experimental filmmaking from within the autistic community. We asked how the language of cinema can be challenged and changed by autistic perspectives, and reconsidered the canon of the 'autism' film.
We're now taking some select titles on tour across the country for relaxed screenings in Lewes, Glasgow and Manchester. Tickets are now available for the Lewes screenings and will shortly be on sale for Glasgow and Manchester. See below for the season trailer, alongside a short exerpt from Georgia Bradburn's introduction to Mulholland Dr and some of our favourite photos from the Q&As.
Georgia Bradburn on Mulholland Dr:
In the Press:
'How Mulholland Drive helped me to understand my son's autism' - James Moore, The Independent, 18/09/2021
'Why do they have to be brilliant? The problem of autism in the movies' - Simon Hattenstone, The Guardian, 15/09/2021
'Guest Episode: Autism Through Cinema' Nothing Concrete, Barbican Podcast, 15/09/2021