Custard. It’s a discombobulating non-Newtonian liquid that defies science, and can be smelly and gloopy. But realising how it can make someone feel is eye-opening. And in the hands of Cameron Lee Horace in documentary Aspectrum – What is Autism to Me? it’s illuminating and inspires understanding.
Aspectrum – What is Autism to Me? is Cameron’s documentary short that hears from four young people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
With a condition that touches around 700, 000 people in the UK, speaking to just four might not seem representative sample, but their unique honesty is just that. The individuality points to the universal.
There’s a straight-forward honesty and openness in Cameron’s doc. It’s made all the more poignant with Cameron’s statement: “I am autistic. Here is a personal film.”
It’s that understanding that created the rapport that runs through the film. And if a selection of talking heads becomes a bit samey, Cameron has added some of his illustrations to create visual variety.
The film has already made a tour of film festivals and even gained a screening on Together TV.
Aspectrum – What is Autism to Me? is succinct, honest and open, and with it an engaging and illuminating insight. Gaining the trust to be able to share the stories so naturally is evident. And the custard? The pudding offers a touch of clarity into the variety and type of issues faced and how they are overcome. It’s all part of the rich menu that is Autism.
Keep your eyes out for Aspectrum – What is Autism to Me? from Cameron Lee Horace
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