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Le Moindre geste (PG*) + ScreenTalk Mathias Winter and Damian Milton

Autism and Cinema

A black and white image of a boy with his back to the camera, by a makeshift grave

First screened in the critics’ week at Cannes Film Festival in 1971, this one-of-its kind docu-drama arises from the work of anti-psychiatry guerrilla Fernand Deligny.

Deligny rejected the oppression of psychiatric institutions and lived with autistic children in experiments, or ‘tentatives’. Shot over two years, Le Moindre geste presents Yves, a young autistic man escaped from a psychiatric institution, and a teen from the local village, as they explore the Cevennes hills. When a situation becomes a crisis, Yves responds with anachronistic offerings that exhibit their own logic.

It screens here with Scrapbook: a film offering a twist on the idea of time travel, it overlays footage shot in 1967 in an Ohio residential centre for neurodiverse children with commentary, recorded 45 years later, by one of the women in it.

Introduced by Queen Mary academics Janet Harbord and Steven Eastwood, the film is followed by a ScreenTalk with Mathias Winter and Dr Damian Milton, experts on the life and work of Deligny.

Canada 2015 Dir Mike Hoolboom 18 min digital presentation

Le Moindre geste (The Slightest Gesture)
France 1971 Dirs Jean-Pierre Daniel, Fernand Deligny, Josée Manenti 96 min digital presentation

Total event running time approximately 144 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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