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Citizen Autistic @ the BFI

In Pursuit of Silence by Patrick Shen, screening at the BFI in June 22

Over at the BFI our collaborator and former podcast guest Benjamin Brown, aka Citizen Autistic, is curating a three-film series of screenings across the summer of 2022. The chosen films focus on exploring difference and 'the sensory effects the ambient sights and sounds of nature can have upon both body and mind'. The first event took place on 30th May 2022 and featured a screening of Darren Paul Fisher's enigmatic sci-fi film Frequencies.

The next event will take place on 27th June and will feature a screening of Patrick Shen's In Pursuit of Silence, a mediative documentary about the healing powers of quietude. The event will feature an introduction and discussion, and will be a relaxed event suitable for neurodivergent audiences. Tickets are only £3 and can be purchased here.

The final event of the series will be a screening of Electricity by Bryn Higgins starring Agyness Deyn as Lily, an epileptic woman searching for her missing brother. Lily's condition is 'vividly illustrated with surreal, hallucinatory visuals'. This screening will take place on Monday 25th July and tickets are available here.

The BFI provide monthly relaxed screenings for neurodivergent audiences and families. More information can be found on this link.

Benjamin Brown was a special guest on the 20th episode of the Autism Through Cinema podcast where we discussed Terry Gilliam's dystopian classic Brazil. Here is that episode, or find it wherever you get your podcasts:

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