The Black Balloon

Australia/UK 2008, 97 mins
Director: Elissa Down

Today’s screening will have a pre-recorded introduction by autistic actor Jules Robertson (Holby Cit and star of new short film Love).

Actor Jules Robertson (Holby City) selects this coming-of-age drama about the Mollison family, whose oldest son Luke is an autistic teenager. Roberston writes: ‘I think it contains an important and honest message about what it can be like for a family when one of them has additional needs.’

Directed by: Elissa Down
Produced by: Tristram Miall
Written by: Elissa Down
Director of Photography: Denson Baker
Editing: Veronika Jenet
Original Music: Michael Yezerski

Rhys Wakefield (Thomas Mollison)
Luke Ford (Charlie Mollison)
Gemma Ward (Jackie Masters)
Erik Thomson (Simon Mollison)
Toni Collette (Maggie Mollison)

Australia/UK 2008
97 mins

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

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The next relaxed screening is:

Monday 31 January 18:10 NFT3
+ Discussion in Blue Room

Relaxed screenings
Relaxed screenings are presented each month for those in the neuro-diverse 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 expect 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 by following a one-way system within the building.
  • You will be able to make some noise.
  • There will be a safe space for customers to use if you need to leave the auditorium.
  • Please ask us if you need help.