A new resource aims to help teachers explore the subject of autism via the medium of film. Autism on Film, produced by the charity Filmclub, is an educational guide which includes a series of five films selected because of the unique insights they provide into what it is like to be autistic.
A synopsis, suggested topics for discussion and review starters are also included for each film. The guide forms part of a series of educational resources the charity has produced to help schools develop understanding of potentially challenging issues. Recent research has suggested that watching, discussing and reviewing films with their peers can help pupils to better understand complex issues, boost informal learning and develop empathy and tolerance in young people.
The films featured in Autism on Film are:
- Mary & Max, an animation about the relationship between a middle-aged New Yorker and an eight-year-old Australian, both of whom have autistism
- A Is For Autism, a short animated documentary about living with autism
- The Lost Prince, Stephen Poliakoff’s story of the autistic son of King George V
- Her Name is Sabine, Sandrine Bonnaire’s documentary about her autistic sister
- Rain Man, which features Dustin Hoffman’s Oscar-winning portrayal of an autistic man with amazing mathematical abilities
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