Relaxed: The Reason I Jump

2020| 12A| 82 mins| /

Screening Dates:
Sat 17 July 3:30pm

Our members are currently enjoying a priority booking period for this film. Tickets go on General Sale on Tue 15 Jun.

Director: Jerry Rothwell

In order to assist with the accessibility and enjoyment of relaxed screenings of this title for our audiences, 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. For any further details about this screening or venue accessibility, please contact [email protected]

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki HigashidaThe Reason I Jump is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking 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 – opening 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 Naoki’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 distils these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

“AS EMOTIONALLY PIERCING AS IT IS BEAUTIFUL” Variety

“A MASTERCLASS IN COMMUNICATION” Screen International

“SUPERB… MORE HEROES THAN ANY BLOCKBUSTER” Wall Street Journal