Director – Jerry Rothwell – 2020 – UK – Cert. 12A – 82m
The inner world of the autistic, explored through the writings and lives of autistic people and innovative cinematography and sound design – in cinemas from Friday, June 18th
Originally a remarkable book this saw autistic teenager Naoki Higashida communicate in prose what it’s like to be autistic to the rest of the world. Having already been widely read in its native Japan, the book achieved international acclaim after author David Mitchell and his wife Keiko Yoshida, whose son is autistic, were so taken with the book that they translated it to English. For Mitchell, the book provided the opportunity to understand the interior world and experience of his autistic son like nothing before it.
A film is a very different media from a book. That begs the question, if you wanted to make the book into a film, how would you go about it? Seasoned documentary film maker Jerry Rothwell (Deep Water, co-directed with Louise Osmond, 2006; How To Change The World, 2015) had some innovative ideas. One was to use Higashida’s writings as a spinal through line for the film, augmenting it with several other autistic people’s experiences.… Read the rest