The National Autistic Society has teamed up with Donâ€™t Panic London to create â€˜Can you
make it to the end?â€™, a film to launch their new campaign, â€œToo Much Informationâ€.
â€˜Can you make it to the end?â€™ is a film that puts the viewer into the shoes of a small boy living with autism and lets them experience the world through his eyes during one visit to a seemingly ordinary shopping centre.
Developed in collaboration with the autistic community and designed to give viewers a greater understanding of what autism looks and feels like, the film aims to bridge the gap between the number of people whoâ€™ve heard of autism and the number of people who really understand what it is and what it can feel like for some people.
To achieve this, the film focuses on a key issue for many autistic peopleÍ¾ sensory sensitivity.
â€œMost â€˜neurotypicalâ€™ people have a filter between themselves and the world, one that allows them to choose which sounds to listen to or which visual stimuli to focus on,â€ says Richard Beer, Creative Director of Donâ€™t Panic.
â€œItâ€™s how you can have a coherent conversation with someone in a room full of loud music, clinking glasses and people talking over each other. Many autistic people lack this filter: their senses can be overwhelmed by the number, volume and intensity of the tactile, visual and auditory stimuli around them. Even a seemingly innocuous situation can contain Too Much Information. We wanted to challenge viewers to experience 90 seconds in a familiar location like theyâ€™d never experienced before. And, perhaps, understand a little better what itâ€™s like to have this sensory sensitivity next time they see someone struggling to cope.â€
The film stars autistic actor Alex Marshall and is directed by Joshua Trigg and produced by Great Guns.
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