Illuminating the Wilderness

+ discussion with artists and makers from Project Art Works

Illuminating the Wilderness offers a window onto the experiences of a group of neurodiverse artists, filmmakers, families and carers as they explore Glen Affric in the Scottish Highlands. Artists Ben Rivers and Margaret Salmon join the journey, which charts the pleasures and challenges of neurodiverse responses to the landscape with humour and tenderness.

Our post-screening discussion will consider perceptions of ‘wilderness’, experimental form and cultural inclusion. Screening with short films from Project Art Works. Nominated for both The Jarman Award 2020 and The Turner Prize 2021, Project Art Works is a collective who work to increase representation of neuro-minorities in art and culture.

We have produced a booklet about Illuminating the Wilderness which gives a transcript and more information about the making of the film. You can download here.

Illuminating the Wilderness
Directors: Kate Adams, Tim Corrigan
UK 2019
40 mins

No Church in the Wild
UK 2015
7 mins

UK 2016
2 mins


BFI Southbank has been awarded the National Autistic Society’s Autism Friendly Award.

Find out more at bfi.org.uk/relaxed

We welcome your feedback on this screening.

The next relaxed screenings are:
Frequencies (aka OXV: The Manual) + intro and discussion
Monday 30 May 18:10 NFT3
In Pursuit of Silence
Monday 27 June 18:20 NFT3

The next Experimenta screenings are:
LENSING THE LANDSCAPE: RIVER YAR + discussion with artists William Raban and Chris Welsby
Wednesday 18 May 18:15 NFT1
PREMIERE: WAYFINDER + Q&A with director Larry Achiampong
Tuesday 21 June 18:15 NFT3
EXPERIMENTA MIXTAPE: S02 E01 Curated by Onyeka Igwe
Wednesday 08 June 18:00 NFT3

Relaxed screenings
Relaxed screenings are presented each month for those in the neurodiverse community, their assistants and carers.

  • Customers can select their seats when they arrive in the auditorium. You may sit with your family/friendship group or there are some single seats if you prefer.
  • Please leave space between yourself and other groups and retain your selected seats for the duration of the performance if possible.
  • We encourage you to wear a face covering if you are able to.
  • You are welcome to take refreshments into the auditorium but no hot food please.
  • Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening.
  • No trailers will be shown.
  • The programme will be introduced.
  • Our house lights will remain on a low level throughout the screening, and the volume will be turned slightly down.
  • You will be able to leave the auditorium and return during the screening.
  • There will be a safe space for customers to use if you need to leave the auditorium.
  • We understand you may make some noise.
  • Please ask us if you need help.