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Films and the Media

Mon 3 Apr 2017 7:02pm

Hello people, what are everybodies favourite or worst films related to autism? and why?

and what are peoples general thoughts of how autism has been or is portrayed in the media? is there a certain preference the media have?

 

I'm interested in peoples thoughts on the medias impact on how the general population view autism. As the media plays a massive role in collective mindsets I wonder if and how any of these 'favourite or worst' movies have impacted that.

and what about the news? aghhh I could go on all day. 

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  • CharlotteL's picture

    Hi Ants,

    That's an interesting question!

    I know a lot of people don't like Rain Man for example. 

    Charlotte, Community Manager
  • Ants's picture

    Yes I have garnered this from parents in particular who upon telling people their child has autism are asked questions along the line of 'what special interest does he have?' or 'ohh like Rain Man'. Obviously this can become exasparating but I see these interactions as a time for educating people. 

    Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. By Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie
  • Ants's picture

    Yes I have garnered this from parents in particular who upon telling people their child has autism are asked questions along the line of 'what special interest does he have?' or 'ohh like Rain Man'. Obviously this can become exasparating but I see these interactions as a time for educating people. 

    Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. By Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie
  • SherpaMum's picture

    There seems to be a better media understanding of autism and some interesting books about it.

    papers are focusing on positive stories with people helping people with, or parents of children with ASD.

    there have been some decent documentaries about it. Some tv characters appear to have ASD, but with nothing said to confirm it.

    ASD is such a huge spectrum that it is hard to portray it accurately.

  • Ants's picture

    Great point SherpaMum. I tend to make this point in defense of things such as Rainman.

     

    I must have close to 80 autism books and other than The Curious Incident.... I'm not sure which of them got through to the general public. Neurotribes perhaps?

    Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. By Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie
  • Autist2's picture

    I like Dylan in casualty. I'm pretty sure he has autism, although it's never mentioned.

  • Ants's picture

    Here is a list of autism films I have compiled. I am working on a documentary list which I will post up.

    Please add if I have missed anything.

     

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    Films

    Adam 
    After Thomas 
    Bless the Child
    Cries from the Heart
    Dark Floors 
    Dear John 
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 
    Fly Away 
    Jack of the Red Hearts 
    Killer Diller 
    Life Animated 
    Marathon 
    Mary and Max 
    Mercury Rising
    Miracle Run 
    Molly 
    Mozart and the Whale 
    My Name Is Khan 
    Rain Man 
    Season of Miracles 
    Silent Fall 
    Snow Cake 
    Suitcase 
    Superbror 
    Temple Grandin 
    The Black Balloon 
    The Boy Who Could Fly 
    The Horse Boy 
    The Story of Luke 
    Davids Mother 
    Fielder’s Choice 
    Nell 
    House of Cards 
    Under the Piano 
    A Mile in His Shoes 
    God’s Ear 
    Breaking and Entering 
    Joyful Noise 
    Ocean Heaven 
    White Frog 
    Ben X 
    Stand Clear of the Closing Door’s 
    X + Y 
    I Am Me 
    Hear The Silence 
    Po 
    The Darkness 
    The Accountant 
    Jack of Red Heart’s 
    Jane Wants a Boyfriend 
    Too Hip for the Room 
    Empty Room 
    Cube 
    Backstreet Dreams 

    TV Series

    Alphas 
    Touch 
    The A Word 
    Yellow Peppers 
    All The Small Things 

    Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. By Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie
  • SherpaMum's picture

    Apparently Sesame Street has a new autistic character.  I haven't seen the puppet, but explaining ASD to children of this age can only help.

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