I’ve mentioned in other posts about my passion for theater and with that, my love for a great number of movies and plays. As I’ve gotten older and learned more about these movies I can say I’ve become a bit of a critic. Not an evil critic who blows the smallest things out of proportion, but a critic who appreciates a fantastic production no matter what. This has gotten my attention recently as I’ve started to watch more movies after work and on weekends.
A few weeks ago when watching “Joyful Noise” for the 10 millionth time, I was thinking about the teenage character Walter, who has Asperger's and with him growing up, I thought about what would it take to make the perfect movie to highlight autistic adults. There are already some great examples of movies involving adults with autism both as documentaries (“Wretchers & Jabbers”) and fictional works (“Story of Luke”). For me, though, the ideal movie would be a full-length documentary feature that would last about five hours.
The main thing for me would involve trying to get a group of 30 or so autistic individuals between 16 and 65 to capture different life stages. The first half of the movie would consist of a section called “My Story,” in which the individuals would describe their lives along with some of the highlights and challenges they’ve had with autism. Then the second half would be an open discussion of some best practices around topics such as transitioning into adulthood, applying for services, employment, relationships, autism reform, the future of autism, etc.
The final few minutes of the movie would go into detail regarding resources which are currently available for people to learn more about topics surrounding adults with autism. This would include books, blogs, websites, journals, magazines, etc.
A year after the movie was completed, the people involved would be filmed for a sequel in which they would discuss what happened in the year since filming the last movie along with again a discussion of some of the most related autism topics with the twist that it would be focused on how things have changed in that year ...
If making this movie was possible, it would be fantastic because the people in the first two movies could help recruit and think of creative ideas for more movies with more adults on camera.
This is how I would plan the perfect movie through my eyes. I know that doing movies like these might not appeal to the general public, but wouldn’t it be great to see an effort like this? The result would be an all-out informational exhibition on autism focusing on as many areas of the spectrum as possible. This is my thought of the perfect movie to highlight autistic adults.