LSFF and Oska Bright team up once more to present an autism friendly screening for our third year running. We’re aware that going to a film can be a challenge for audiences on the autism spectrum or with sensory learning disabilities. We’re excited to host this screening of work from the Oska Bright archive and from our own LSFF shorts programme, mixing documentary, dance, music video and comedy (watch out for the Al Murray obsessive!) The lights will be kept at low level, with reduced sound levels and allowance for increased levels of movement and noise
(Directed by Kirsty Griffin / Viv Kernick)
As the social butterfly of Amy Street, the fun-loving, theatrical Celeste spends her days surrounded by friends and flatmates. On the occasions where she needs some alone time, she enjoys setting herself up in her beautiful room, and watching back episodes of her favourite soap operas. At times the lines between reality and fantasy can become a little blurred.
DRUMMING IS LIKE THUNDER
“Let’s dance, let’s sing, let’s do a show!” ‘Drumming is Like Thunder’ encapsulates Duncan Armstrong’s passion for performing. It presents his showmanship and determination to defy the bullying behaviour of some. Through movement, song and storytelling Duncan shares his dream of performing in the top cities around the world.
As writer-director Sharif Persaud journeys along a coastal footpath, he describes what it means to have autism while all the time wearing his favourite celebrity mask. He finally arrives at his destination where he comes face to face with his alter-ego.
A quirky romantic comedy starring nineteen‐year‐old Vance Kanell, who as a child was diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and several other sensory disorders. The young man now faces the daunting adventure of embarking on his first date.
Kelly and Allison are two twenty something grocery store employees who find out that the best friendships blossom when they are most needed. Kelly, a bagger who has Downs Syndrome requests some time to talk to Allison, her manager about a promotion.
ANYTHING BUT ME
(Jeff Johns / Joff Winterhart)
“I’m quite a spontaneous person…I can’t really write things down and remember them…” One of nine films made on the Different Voices project – a neurodiverse film talent development programme. A biggerhouse film production for 104 films, funded by Skillset.
LIFE IN TWO SPECTRUMS
The film follows Dan ‘Tia Anna’ Kahn, a drag queen with Asperger’s Syndrome who founded A.S.P.E.C.S (Autistic and Aspergers Persons of Every Category of (Queer) Sexuality) a support and networking group to help address the needs of the neurodiverse members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Sally Rand's famous Bubble Dance routine is re-created and reprinted in a 3D-ish effect, this time with extra added foley.
A SAFE PLACE TO REST
Graham Busby created ‘A Safe Place to Rest’ in the wild woods of wales with live accompaniment from folk duo Deuair. The solo was produced through two weeks of creative retreat exploring responses to these beautiful and wild surroundings. The solo echoes Graham’s restlessness and inner desire to find a safe place to rest.
I DON'T WANNA DANCE
In a world where dancing is compulsory, one man protests in the only way he knows how.
(Event running time: 51 mins)