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Jigsaw (PG*) + Illuminating the Wilderness (12A*) + Introduction by Professor Janet Harbord + ScreenTalk

Autism and Cinema

close up of a child's face

Made in 1980, Jigsaw sought to depict a little-known condition. Forty years later, Illuminating the Wilderness speaks to continuing dialogue between artists’ film and neurodivergence. 

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 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, encourage reflection on how neurodiversity is understood. 

+Illuminating the Wilderness
This exploratory film describes a unique trip to Glen Affric in the Scottish Highlands, filmed and directed collaboratively by Project Artworks, who are shortlisted for the 2021 Turner Prize. 

After the screening, we're delighted to welcome Robina Rose, in conversation with Kate Adams: artist, activist, co-founder and artistic director of Project Art Works. 

UK 1980 Dir Robina Rose 67 min digital presentation

Illuminating the Wilderness
UK 2018 Dirs Kate Adams, Tim Corrigan 40 min digital presentation

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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