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Jigsaw (PG*) + ScreenTalk

Autism and Cinema

close up of a child's face

Produced in 2004 just before autism diagnoses began to rise, Jigsaw sought to depict a little-known condition in a new light. 

Robina Rose’s film focuses on the preoccupations of a group of autistic children in a specialist school in London. Rose’s immersive style engages with the content of the children’s activities bringing the audience into contact with the structure and content of their thoughts and actions.

Experimental methods, such as detailed close-ups and drawn-out scenes, enable forms of viewer observation which encourage new reflections on meaning and content, in order to change our perspectives on neurodiversity.

It screens with Terry, Lightsteps and Outside In, short films in collaboration with or by autistic people and filmmakers, working with the support of Project Art Works and Biggerhouse Film. 

After the screening, Rose is in conversation with Queen Mary academic Dr Bonnie Evans, and Kate Adams, artist, activist and co-founder of Project Art Works.

UK 2004 Dir Robina Rose 67 min digital presentation
Outside In 
UK 2016 Dir Jesse Currie 4 min
UK 2013 Dir Annis Joslin 15 min
UK 2020 Dir Kate Adams 3 min

Supported by Wellcome


Carers and companions go free. 

Tickets are also available to book in person or on by phone on 020 7638 8891.

70p telephone booking fee per transaction

*Excludes 60p booking fee

How is this screening Relaxed?

A relaxed event takes place in an environment more suitable for neurodiverse customers as well as those who would benefit from a more informal format. 
The cinema environment is tailored to the needs of the audience.

For this screening:

- The lights are dimmed, though not off.

- The volume levels a little lower than usual.

- Attendees are free to sit in whichever seat they like and can enter and exit the room at any time, with easy access for any wheelchair users.

- Attendees are free to make noise in these screenings. 

- Staff are trained and ready to assist with any help the audience may need during these trips to the cinema at Barbican.


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