The Alamo Drafthouse Harry Potter Feast

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The Alamo Drafthouse Harry Potter Feast   

Hungry for Harry Potter? The Alamo Drafthouse presents a special feast of mouth-watering, magical entrées for moviegoers heading to their cinemas to watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Even if you don’t live near a Drafthouse theater, you can still feast your eyes on what Executive Chef John Bullington has concocted in this exclusive gallery. Here, Bullington provides his inspirations for each dish, keeping the theme of objects important to the film.

The Elder Wand

The Elder Wand

We start with one of the Deathly Hallows, the Elder Wand. It is an English Ale-battered asparagus spear wrapped in smoked salmon and elderberry garlic jam.

 

 

 

Forbidden Forrest Pasty

Forbidden Forrest Pasty

For the second entrée, a pasty is offered which is traditionally a pie crust filled with savory ingredients and baked like a dumpling or empanada. Rather than put potatoes, found in most pasties, inside the filling we made the pastry for it out of potato. The filling evokes the woods, consisting of roasted fresh local hens, wild mushrooms and herbs. It is served with a green tomato, cherry chutney.

 

Amortentia

Amortentia

The third dish is Amortentia (not pictured) which is the most intense love potion wizards know. It is a simple cool puree of English Cucumber with crispy bacon and fresh herbs.

 

 

Cloak

Cloak

Many of the meals prepared in Harry Potter are over the top, fantastical events with heaps of food. This is inspired by the cloak of invisibility from the film as things aren’t quite what they seem as the ingredients are hidden from sight by a pastry and only revealed once you remove it. The entrée is a slight twist on Beef Wellington with seared N.Y. strip topped with Stilton and shaved shallot wrapped in pastry and roasted to a nice golden crust.

The Sorcerer’s Scone

The Sorcerer's Scone

Dessert for the film is a simple goofy pun, which we tend to love. It is a sweet blackberry/buttermilk scone with lime marmalade and clotted cream. The scones are baked quickly and to order while traditional clotted cream is slowly reduced overnight resulting in a thick caramel like cream.

 

Summer Pudding

Summer Pudding

This entrée is only available on the Harry Potter Marathon Menu, a special offering of a la carte dishes exclusive to the eight film marathon screenings. The Potter Marathon Specials are all old favorites brought back from our past Potter menus. The summer pudding is a classic dessert, perfect for the summer as buttery bread is stuffed with the summer’s finest berries and transformed into a sweet stuffed cake.

Mrs. Weasley’s Onion Soup

Mrs. Weasley's Onion Soup

Also part of the Harry Potter Marathon Menu, we represent the most prolific cook of the series, Mrs. Weasley, with a soup full of onions, topped with garlic chives, and toasted bread topped with a chive-laced English Cheddar.

 

 

Seared Trout Salad

Seared Trout Salad

The Harry Potter Specials Menu features a la carte dishes for the run of the film, including a seared trout salad. My ancestors came from England and when visiting there many years ago I stumbled upon Bullington Manor in the small town of Bullington. Through the estate ran a gold medal trout stream, so trout is often something I think of when creating British recipes. It is served with a spicy Colman’s Mustard thyme dressing, teardrop tomatoes, rashers of bacon and blackberries. It has simple yet distinct flavors which come together quite nicely.

John Bullington

Introducing…John Bullington, the Alamo Drafthouse’s Executive Chef. His Harry Potter themed menu keeps the British essence of the films and offers all sorts of ingredients and cooking styles found in Great Britain.

Pearl Jam Twenty documentary

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By: Derrick Deane on July 27, 2011 at 4:56PM

Directed by Cameron Crowe, Pearl Jam Twenty (shortened to PJ20) features never-before-seen footage of Eddie Vedder and his bandmates, along with commentary from Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Alice in Chains’ now-deceased Layne Staley, as they adjust to their rise to superstardom. Crowe has brought us previous music documentaries featuring Tom Petty and Alice in Chains, so you could say this is familiar territory for the former Rolling Stone magazine freelancer. The footage and soundtrack look great and this is sure to be a must-see for Pearl fans when it hits theaters sometime in September.

Pearl Jam Twenty from Pearl Jam on Vimeo.

The above article has to do with one of my art pieces: “A Vedder Jam.”

Prince Harry Stars In Graphic Novel

‘The Royals: Prince Harry’ Available At Comic Retailers August 24

By the CNN Wire Staff
(CNN) — A comic book chronicling the life of Prince Harry of Wales will be released in late August, publishers announced Thursday.”It’s time to focus our attention on the Wild Child, Prince Harry. … Prince William might be the one getting married, but Prince Harry continues to make waves all over the world,” publisher Bluewater Productions said.

“The Royals: Prince Harry” will join the graphic novel series dedicated to Harry’s brother William and his wife, Kate Middleton. “The Royals: Prince William and Kate Middleton” was released in April to coincide with the royal wedding.

“As Americans, we are fascinated by the British royals. They fit within our construct of a celebrity-fueled popular culture. But more than that, they represent an air of pomp and history that we just don’t have,” author C.W. Cooke said.Cooke has written comics for multiple series including “Female Force,” which features the life stories of “strong women in politics” such as U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to the company’s website.

“The Royals: Prince Harry,” featuring art by Justin Currie, will be available at comic retailers August 24. The standard comic will cost $3.99, but a collector’s graphic novel will also be available online for $7.99, according to the statement.

Elijah Wood to return as Frodo in “Hobbit”

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Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins: A hobbit and favorite relative of Bilbo Baggins. On 6 January 2011, Deadline reported that Wood was in talks to reprise his role of Frodo Baggins in the two parts. He was confirmed as joining the cast on 7 January 2011 by TheOneRing.net. As Frodo hadn’t been born during the events of The Hobbit, the inclusion of Frodo indicated that parts of the story would take place shortly before or during the events of The Lord of the Rings. According to TheOneRing.net, “As readers of ‘The Hobbit’ know, the tale of ‘The Downfall of The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit or There and Back Again,’ are contained in the fictional ‘Red Book of Westmarch.’ In Peter Jackson’s LOTR films, the book is shown on screen and written in by Bilbo and Frodo and handed off to Samwise Gamgee….The fictional book, and either the telling from it or the reading of it, will establish Frodo in the film experiencing Bilbo’s story. Viewers are to learn the tale of ‘The Hobbit’ as a familiar Frodo gets the tale as well.

Orlando Bloom Confirmed For ‘The Hobbit’

Peter Jackson has confirmed that Orlando Bloom will be joining the cast of The Hobbit. Speculation had been rampant about whether the 34-year-old Bloom would be joining the cast, with some reports earlier this year mentioning the actor would be paid $1 million for a two-minute cameo.

Jackson confirmed today on Facebook that Bloom would return as Legolas. The director said, “Ten years ago, Orlando Bloom created an iconic character with his portrayal of Legolas. I’m excited to announce today that we’ll be revisiting Middle Earth with him once more. I’m thrilled to be working with Orlando again. Funny thing is, I look older—and he doesn’t! I guess that’s why he makes such a wonderful elf.”

James McAvoy on the X-Men: First Class Shoot, His Co-Stars and Superpower Envy

The fact that X-Men: First Class is only five months away from being released in theaters and director Matthew Vaughn still filming pick-ups and re-shoots has left many wondering how the movie will possibly be ready in time. Even actress January Jones, who stars in the movie as Emma Frost, the mutant telepath with the power to make her skin diamond-hard, recently admitted that she had “a lot of questions” about how the movie would be able to make its release date.

Now, actor James McAvoy, who stars as Charles “Prof. X” Xavier, the founder and leader of the X-Men, has also weighed in on the time-crunched First Class shoot. In a recent interview with Collider, McAvoy said that being rushed is nothing new in the movie business and offered an explanation of how the movie will be able to be completed on time, also commenting on his co-stars and his movie superpowers.

I don’t think I’ve ever made such a big movie, in such a short period of time. It’s nuts, really. But, we’re getting it done. No movie has ever got enough time. It doesn’t matter how much money you’ve got, and it doesn’t matter how much money you’ve not got. You never finish on time. You’re always up against it and you’re always working up until the end….that’s what it is with every single movie I’ve ever been on. It just feels like the usual. It’s more about whether they can get it ready in time for the release date. They’re working on the editing now, and they’re working on the special effects now. They’ve got a big department working 24/7 on it.

The above article has to do with one of my art pieces: “James McAvoy’s Flushed Cheeks

 

Bill making violence against gays a hate crime headed to White House

The hate crimes bill is named for Matthew Shepard, pictured here. (AP Photo)

The hate crimes bill is named for Matthew Shepard, pictured here. (AP Photo)

The Senate approves the measure, 68 to 29, and Obama is expected to sign it. The legislation, previously passed by the House, is named for Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.

House OKs measure to make anti-gay violence a hate crime

By James Oliphant

October 22, 2009 | 7:08 p.m.

A bill to make violence against gays and lesbians a federal hate crime cleared the Senate on Thursday and headed to the White House.

The 68-29 vote was a victory for civil rights groups that have long sought to expand the federal statute beyond attacks motivated by religion, race, color or national origin.

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President Obama has said the country must make significant changes to ensure equal rights.

The bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, includes penalties for assaults based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender, disability or gender identity.

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., whose Justice Department would be charged with enforcing the provisions, praised the bill’s passage.

“There have been nearly 80,000 hate-crime incidents reported to the FBI since I first testified before Congress in support of a hate-crimes bill 11 years ago,” Holder said.

Recent incidents — such as the June shooting death of an African American security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by a white supremacist — “demonstrate that there are still those for whom prejudice can translate into violence,” he said.

The legislation also would give federal authorities more power to help state and local law enforcement officials investigate hate crimes and would expand the federal government’s ability to intervene. About 45 states have hate-crime statutes.

The bill, which was attached to a $680-billion measure outlining the Pentagon’s budget, was passed by the House on Oct. 8.

Some of the 28 Republicans who opposed it said they didn’t like being forced to vote on the issue as part of a defense bill.

“It’s a shame that this piece of legislation was added to a bill that’s supposed to be about supporting our troops,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

The defense bill includes $130 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and authorizes a 3.4% pay raise for the military.

The bill would also make it a federal crime to attack members of the military because of their service.

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The bill is named for Matthew Shepard, a gay teenager who was beaten to death in 1998.

The hate-crime measure is named for Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten to death in 1998, and for James Byrd Jr., an African American in Texas who was chained to a pickup and dragged to death the same year.

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"Mathew Sheppard"

“It has been more than 10 years since the senseless and brutal death of Matthew Shepard,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), “and I look forward to watching President Obama sign this much-needed legislation into law.”

joliphant@latimes.com

‘Meeting my father was a shock’

By Sara Parker

Producer, Adults with Autism

On first meeting, there is little evidence of the internal struggle Chris Goodchild faces daily as someone living with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism.

“I don’t have the ability to put onto my face the distress that I feel,” says Chris, one of an estimated 500,000 people in the UK with autism spectrum disorder.

“Often we want to scream and shout, but most of us do so internally. The way we cope is to withdraw.”

Autism is a developmental condition characterised by problems in social communication with a lack of empathy towards others.

“We can get bombarded with stimulation and information and can become easily confused and overwhelmed”

People with the condition often engage in ritualistic and obsessive compulsive behaviours, as well as a very different way of thinking from the normal – that is neuro-typical – brain.

“The autistic brain is wired completely differently,” said Chris.

“We experience life with great intensity and have a very poor filtering system.

“We can get bombarded with stimulation and information and can become easily confused and overwhelmed.”

Autism was first identified in 1943 by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner in a group of boy patients.

A year later another Austrian psychiatrist Hans Asperger recognised a similar condition in children with special talents and high IQ.

This early understanding of autism meant that until recently, it was thought to be a childhood disorder.

Many adults went undiagnosed or were misdiagnosed with mental health problems, including severe illnesses such as schizophrenia.

“I had to adapt to what other people thought was normal, to survive.”

Long struggle

Now 43, Chris was diagnosed with Asperger’s only 18 months ago.

For years he struggled with depression and anxiety as he tried to conceal his autistic traits behind a façade of learnt, socially-acceptable behaviour.

“I hid my unusualness, those feelings of being bad, mad, crazy, deranged,” he said.

“I had to adapt to what other people thought was normal, to survive.”

Adopted at six weeks old, he describes a ‘hunger to be loved and a fear of rejection’.

But he would recoil from being touched or hugged, as well as alarming those around him with strange mannerisms and self-comforting behaviour such as rocking.

At school, he was isolated and unable to concentrate because he found the environment noisy and confusing.

Neither his adoptive parents nor his teachers realised what was wrong and at 15, he left with no qualifications and started on a downward spiral of depression, ending up in a psychiatric hospital for a year on anti-psychotic medication.

For most of his adult life, Chris has found it difficult to hold down a job or maintain close relationships.

He has a young son whom he sees regularly, but found it impossible to live with the mother because of the stress of intimacy and his obsessive need for an ordered life of rigid routines.

Shared traits

When he was 20, he traced his natural father and was shocked to discover he shared what he later recognised, were autistic traits.

“Seeing him was like seeing Asperger’s unleashed,” said Chris.

“The man looked like Rasputin with long unwashed hair, dressed only in a pair of underpants with a sheet round him and cobwebs on the sheet.

“He had no desire to wash at all and was a hoarder with things piled up around him.

“In many ways I saw myself without my façade or cloak of normality and it drove me further underground to be nothing like him at all.”

There is evidence from research, particularly with twins, that autism can be inherited.

On-going studies also indicate that hormones in the womb such as testosterone can influence development and MRI scans have revealed differences not only in brain structure, including increased numbers of nerve cells, but also in the way the brain works.

There are so many factors involved in autism that diagnosis is often difficult and needs lengthy clinical assessments and observation.

Chris only realised a few years ago that he might be autistic after meeting a boy with autism at his son’s birthday party.

Finally a diagnosis

After years of misdiagnosis with mental health problems, he had given up on the NHS and he turned instead to the National Autistic Society for help.

“I’d reached a point where I didn’t want to live any longer,” he said.

“I was depressed and self-harming because I couldn’t cope with this cloud of unknowing.

“Without a diagnosis, I would have killed myself.”

For Chris, diagnosis has been self-affirming.

“Having Asperger’s Syndrome is a gifted way of seeing the world,” he said.

“It can be a painful gift but I now have a framework to manage myself and the realisation that those parts of me, which I hid away, are not mad or bad.”

Adult autism is now high on the government’s agenda and a report is due for publication before the end of the year with the promise of a national strategy to improve the lives and opportunities for those living with something which Chris describes as “not a label or illness but a way of being ”

‘Adults with Autism’ will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 29 September at 2100 hours, repeated on Wednesday 30 September at 1630 hours.

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Autistic impressions

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Adam – a new film that portrays autism
By Laura Schocker

BBC News Magazine

Hollywood movies rarely deal with disability – except for autism, when characters are typically shown as having special intelligence. Why do we like to think everyone with autism is especially gifted?

In one evening, he memorised every name and number from A to G in the phone book. While waiting for a meal in a restaurant, he committed the entire tableside jukebox to memory.

A dropped box of toothpicks? One glance and he is certain that 246 have spilt on the floor.

His mind was like a computer and, for years, Dustin Hoffman’s Rain Man character has often been the first reference point for autism.

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Dustin Hoffman’s Raymond Babbitt – setting the mould for autistic savant characters

Other films since this 1988 release have depicted similar areas of brilliance that are sometimes associated with autism, known as savant qualities.

In 1998, for instance, Mercury Rising told the story of a nine-year-old autistic boy who used his savant abilities to crack a $2bn encryption code.

And in Mozart and the Whale, a 2006 film about two savants with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning type of autism, Josh Hartnett’s character could glance at his watch and then calculate exactly how long he has had his job as a taxi driver.

The link between autism and savant skills in cinemas is clear, but does art really imitate life? Do people with autism always have an amazing intellectual skill?

“The simple answer is no,” says Dr Stuart Murray professor of contemporary literature and film at the University of Leeds and author of the book Representing Autism. “By far, the majority of people with autism do not have any kind of savant ability.”

‘Autism celebrities’

In fact, the current estimate is that one or two in 200 people with an autism spectrum disorder have a savant talent, according to the National Autistic Society, although the exact numbers are still unknown in the UK.

WHAT IS AUTISM?

A developmental disability that influences how a person communicates and relates to others

Often referred to as a spectrum disorder – because it affects people differently

Asperger syndrome is a type of autism at the less severe end of that spectrum

More than half a million people in the UK have an autism spectrum disorder

Source: National Autistic Society

Well known savants – including Kim Peek, who partially inspired Rain Man, Steven Wiltshire, a London artist who can recall entire cityscapes after brief observation, and Daniel Tammet, author of Born on a Blue Day, about living as an autistic savant – are the exception to the autism rule, Dr Murray says.

“These people are almost like autism celebrities,” he says. “It’s not something that crops up very much in the day to day life of living with autism.”

So if autistic savants are the exception and not the norm, why are they are they so over-represented in films?

“It’s a very sexy way of looking at autism,” says Jonathan Kaufman, president of Disability Works in the US and technical consultant for Adam, a new Hollywood film featuring a leading character with autism.

While his work with Adam, which went on general release in the UK at the weekend, was about capturing the day-to-day nuances of a person with Asperger’s – something he wishes would happen more often – he understands why many films have seized on savants.

“It focuses on the almost superhuman nature of the disability itself,” he says. “Somebody who is gifted has always had a place in society.”

They tend to be the stories audiences want, says Dr Murray. Films about disabilities typically focus on two types of story lines, he says. Either:

the disability provides some kind of incredible skill or quality that “makes up” for the negative, or

the person finds a way to “rise above” adversity

“It doesn’t seem to be as bad to be severely autistic if you’re also skilled at maths or music,” he says. “If it seems to be that with your disability comes an extraordinary ability, it takes away the worst aspects of being disabled.”

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This can be a comfort to audiences.

Stephen Wiltshire in a BBC documentary called Fragments of Genius

“Everybody who is not disabled is fundamentally very scared by the possibility of becoming disabled,” says Dr Murray.

But what about people who do have autism? While mainstream movies with autistic characters may increase awareness about the disability, how does it affect what the public expect of the condition?

“I have spoken to many families who say that they feel really depressed and devastated when they get this portrayal,” says Uta Frith, emeritus professor of cognitive development at the University College London.

While she understands films have artistic license to create compelling stories, the aftermath can be difficult for parents of children with autism.

“It seems almost like their fault that their child isn’t like that.”

And it can go beyond childhood. Robyn Steward, a 22-year-old in London with Asperger’s syndrome says some people still think she’s the Rain Man.

“People expect you, as an autistic person, to be really good at maths, or a walking calculator,” she says. In reality, she doesn’t care much for numbers. “Everyone is an individual and has their own interests and not everybody is a savant. So maybe people see it in Rain Man. But that’s not the full story.”

ASPERGER’S AND AUTISM

Many of recent films about autism have focused on characters with Asperger syndrome, says Dr Murray

People with Aspergers tend to have average or above average intelligence, but struggle to read social signals or understand jokes, metaphor or sarcasm

In Adam, for instance, Rose Byrne, who plays Adam’s love interest, asks him, “Could you give me a hug?” He says yes and stands there until she makes things a bit clearer – “Adam, I’d like you to give me a hug.”

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What type of story would Steward like to see on the big screen? Something a bit closer to her own experience, maybe with a character diagnosed later in life, she says.

Dr Murray agrees. As a father of two children on the autistic spectrum, he says he relates more to something like The Black Balloon, an Australian film released last year. The story focuses on a family living with an autistic son and depicts scenes with the boy running down the street naked or throwing himself down on the supermarket floor.

It may not be as romantic as the story of a maths genius, but it’s the reality, says Dr Murray.

“We’ve all had the supermarket thing happen. This rings true to us in a way that somebody doing the square root of a million and nine doesn’t,” he says.

The film was not a box office hit in the UK. It went straight to DVD.

Here is a selection of your comments.

My brother is severely autistic but we have recently found he does have a special ability – he can tell you what day of the week any day in history was. Ok, it’ll never make a Hollywood blockbuster, but hopefully we can entertain some people in the queue at Sainsbury’s rather than lying on the floor like he has done for the past 16 years!


Dave Howarth, Leatherhead, Surrey

My cousin is autistic and has an amazing ability to do jigsaws; she might start in the top left corner and completes the jigsaw row by row until she reaches the bottom right corner. She just seems to instinctively know exactly where each piece fits in the overall, 1000 piece plus, picture. So, it appears she has outstanding visual and spatial abilities but we cannot fully understand them, or her, as she cannot speak to us. I think this lack of verbal communication makes it difficult for people to identify with her, perhaps not making her, or other children with severe autism, ideal heroes for films.


Josie, Bristol

I don’t think there is anything wrong with portraying autistic people as being gifted. It may not be factually correct but offsets a lot of the otherwise negative information around about autism. It is possible for people with autism to live full and happy (if different) lives. When parents of children with autism find out that their child is autistic they are bombarded with scare stories about how difficult the rest of their lives are going to be. It is good to have messages of hope out there and important to always keep a positive perspective when dealing with autism.


Charlie Browne, Ireland

My son, aged six has Asperger’s Syndrome. He is of above average intelligence and does not have super human powers! However, like many on the autistic spectrum he has a “special” interest, in my son’s case in cars. From a young age he could identify most makes and models of vehicle, and I am channelling that interest to help him with areas of academic life that he struggles with, such as maths. People don’t see him as “autistic” they see this obsession as part of his personality. His school report described him as having a “charming personality” and “popular”. All I want is for my son to have a happy, fulfilling life, and romanticising conditions such as Asperger’s and autistic spectrum disorders does nothing to help this!


Rachel, Bristol, England

I am the father of a mildly autistic son who is now six years old, not Asperger’s but Classic Kanners. I am always searching for something that reflects the type of autism my boy has. The Black Balloon was a great film but shows severe autism. I would like to heartily recommend the Dutch film “Ben X” (with English subtitles) which portrays a socially functioning but autistic teenager. Please can we have more like films like this one with it’s realistic portrayal rather than Hollywood Glamour stories.
Paul Bruff, London

I have taught children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder for four years and while it’s true that some are quite intelligent (though hard to measure) very, very few possess amazing super-skills. It is an unfair expectation and one that actually hinders society’s willingness to grapple with the issue. The truly gifted have a chance of obtaining public support; the average get lost in the morass of official apathy and ignorance.


Keith Giunta, Camden, USA

Your article asks ‘if autistic savants are the exception and not the norm, why are they are they so over-represented in films?’ – that would be because if films represented real life then most of us wouldn’t bother to watch. You don’t walk down the street and see car chases, serial killers, and spies on every corner, but the day to day reality most of us live is simply not movie material. I suspect that the day to day reality of autism would be much the same.


Shiz, Cheshire, UK

Hollywood tends to avoid stories about physical disability too – except blindness. In “Scent of a Woman” Al Pacino plays a blind veteran whose sense of smell is greatly enhanced so that he can tell what perfume any woman is wearing. “Daredevil” has Ben Affleck’s blind superhero able to use his advanced sense of hearing almost as sonar that gives him the ability to “see” his surroundings.

There are exceptions of course, but with blindness too cinema tries to give people pleasing stories: “don’t worry, they may be blind, but by extension they get superpowers!”


Shane, Mayo, Ireland

I wish I had amazing skills with my autistic spectrum disorders! Sadly I just get problems with communicating, confusion with numbers and the added bonus of having walking outside be akin to an extreme sport.

Still, I’ve got lots of supportive friends and family, and a great job, so what more do I need. 


Sharon, London, UK

My son who suffers from the autistic condition Asperger’s Syndrome does not have super human powers. He struggled at school and at 29 still cannot add up or tell the time. Yet he can tell you everything you need to know (director/producer/date/music score etc) about a film he is interested in, and there are many. 


Sue Birch, Mont de Marsan France

I have Asperger’s and went to a special needs school for it. Most of the other people there had at least one thing that they were brilliant at, not at savant levels but certainly well above average. In addition to maths, science there was also experts in music, art, computing and stereo equipment to name but a few.

By the way, I’m 25 with a full time job (as an engineer) and a reasonably successful social life. Nowadays I just look upon my Asperger’s as just another part of my personality. 


Alan Munro, Inverness

There is another film that gives a more accurate portrayal of autism in adults and is also a fantastic film – Snow Cake starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver, which again never made it to cinemas in this country but is available on DVD.


Maggie , Wokingham UK