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Keep the Change (15*) + ScreenTalk

Autism and Cinema

A woman has her arm around a man's shoulder, both smiling in rom com Keep the Change

Set in New York, this film adopts the traits and expectations of a quirky urban, romantic comedy, but infuses a deep poignancy in its honest engagements with a community rarely depicted in the cinema.

By casting autistic actors to play autistic characters, Keep the Change has a layer of realism in its depiction of the budding romance between aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) and Sarah (Samantha Elisofan).

Writer and director Rachel Israel has drawn from the everyday experiences of her close friend and lead actor, Brandon Polansky, who constructed the script together with Israel, through hundreds of hours of improvisation.

+ Outside In
Before the main feature, we screen this short visual poem, which seeks to understand the experiences of neurodivergent people navigating a neurotypical world.

After the screening, we're delighted to host a ScreenTalk with Professor Steven Eastwood and the Neurocultures Collective. 

US 2017 Dir Rachel Israel 94 min

UK 2016 Dir Jesse Currie 4 min

How is this screening Relaxed?

A relaxed event takes place in an environment that is specially tailored for a neurodiverse audience, as well as those who find a more informal setting beneficial. 

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.

- At the moment, you have to stay in assigned seats, because of Covid-19 safety measures, but you're free to enter and exit the cinema at any time, with easy access for any wheelchair users.

- You're 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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