The Wild Child

France 1970, 83 mins
Director: François Truffaut

As part of our François Truffaut season we offer you an opportunity to see a landmark film about difference and social acceptance. Based on real events from 1798, informed by research, L’ Enfant sauvage tells of a doctor’s project to educate a non-verbal boy found living alone in the forest.

Presented in partnership with the Film Department, Queen Mary University, London in collaboration with Autism through Cinema Podcast, supported by Wellcome.

The screening will be introduced and there will be a facilitated discussion afterwards.

This event will be led by Janet Harbord (Professor of Film, Queen Mary University of London) and Ethan Lyon (PhD student at University of Southampton researching Gothic Horror cinema and its relationship to autism), both members of the Autism through Cinema podcast.

Directed by: François Truffaut
Production Company: Les Films du Carosse
Written by: François Truffaut, Jean Gruault
Based on the memoir Victor de l’Aveyron by: Jean Itard
Director of Photography: Nestor Almendros
Editing: Agnès Guillemot Music: Antonio Vivaldi

Jean-Pierre Cargol (Victor)
François Truffaut (Doctor Jean Itard)
Jean Dasté (Professor Philippe Pinel)
Françoise Seigner (Madame Guerin)

France 1970
83 mins

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

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The next relaxed screening is:
KEEP THE CHANGE Monday 28 February 20:10 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 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.
  • You will be able to make some noise.
  • Please ask us if you need help.