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POSTPONED: Autism and Cinema: An exploration of neurodiversity at Barbican

Updated: Mar 29

(Thursday 2nd—Wednesday 29th April 2020)


* PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAMME HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE CURRENT GLOBAL HEALTH PANDEMIC *


This season 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 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.


To book tickets, please visit the Barbican website here


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