Is There Anybody Out There?

UK/USA 2023, 87 mins
Director: Ella Glendining

+ Q&A with director Ella Glendining, hosted by Jack Thorne

A festival circuit favourite, this thought-provoking, funny and sensitive documentary makes you stop and re-evaluate.

Glendining set out to find others with the same rare disability as herself and challenges the ableist world to re-view concepts of ‘normal’.

Ella Glendining talks to Jack Thorne about her compelling documentary following a screening of the film.

The introduction and Q&A for this screening will have live-captioning and BSL (British Sign Language) interpretation.

In collaboration with the filmmakers, this screening will be presented in relaxed screening conditions, although seating will be designated.

Directed by: Ella Glendining
©: Hot Property ITAOT Limited
a Hot Property production
Produced by: Janine Marmot
Cinematographer: Annemarie Lean-Vercoe
Editor: Rachel Roberts
Composer/Score by: Erland Cooper

UK/USA 2023
87 mins

A Conic Release

We welcome your feedback on this screening.

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

The next relaxed screening is:

RUN LOLA RUN (LOLA RENNT) + intro and discussion
Monday 27 November 2023 18.40 NFT3

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Relaxed Screenings

Screenings for neurodivergent audiences, with their companions and assistants.

• Please retain your selected seats for the duration of the performance if possible.

• We support you wearing a face covering if you choose to do so.

• 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 quiet space to use if you need to leave the auditorium.

• We understand you may make some noise.

• Please ask us if you need help.

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