D. Don Cheadle | 100mins | M | USA
2017 Oscar-Nominated – Best Documentary
When he was three years old, Owen Suskind stopped speaking. Diagnosed with autism, he was interested in nothing save for the animated films of the Disney company. Immersing himself in these movies, Owen began communicating using only lines spoken by his favourite characters. Using quotes from the likes of Simba, Ariel and Jafar, Owen was finally able to open up, and his family discovered a porthole into their son’s mind.
Inspired by and based on Ron Suskind’s book about his son’s journey from nearly mute toddler to young man seeking independence, Roger Ross Williams’ documentary expertly combines classic Disney sequences and strikingly original hand-drawn animations alongside the Suskind family story. Scoring Williams the award for best directing (US Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival, plus a 2017 Oscar nomination, it’s a powerful emotional experience and a knockout insight into how art can shine a light in the darkest of places.
“A radiant, uplifting story of an autistic boy who transcends his condition by transferring life’s challenges into the format of a Disney animated movie, the film is a documentary gem.” – Hollywood Reporter
Cinematinee and JMT Present
Thursday 23 February
$10 Groups 10+