The Reason I Jump, Access Film Club at GFT

the reason I jump access film club

9 – 10 August, 2021

In partnership with National Autistic Society Scotland, we are delighted to provide Access Film Club: a screening and post-film discussion in a friendly and welcoming environment.


Based on the bestselling book by Naoki HigashidaThe Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of non-speaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Acutely observed moments in the lives of each of the characters are connected by passages from Higashida’s writing, in which a young Japanese boy journeys through an epic landscape, gradually discovering what his autism means to him, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps.

The film features a captivating soundtrack created by award-winning composer, Nainita Desai and National Autistic Society’s ambassador Elisabeth Wiklander, who is autistic and a cellist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, is the featured cellist. Award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell utilises the potential of cinema to evoke these intense sensory worlds, illustrating Higashida’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say. All tickets £6.50 Buy tickets

Information about the screenings: In order to assist with the accessibility and enjoyment of this Relaxed screening, the film will be accompanied by a special subtitle stream which will include both subtitling of dialogue as well as warnings of potentially challenging or difficult moments within the film itself. These warnings will focus on moments that could be challenging from a visual, aural, and emotional perspective and will be accompanied by guidance text and symbols alerting viewers to the imminent approach of any such moments.

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If you have any questions about this screening or venue accessibility, please contact Public Engagement Coordinator Jodie Wilkinson

If you require a wheelchair space please request this on booking or call our Box Office on 0141 332 6535. Please note this event begins at the stated time (18.00), there are no adverts or trailers. For monthly news sign up to autism-friendly enewsletter:

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