Keep the Change

USA 2017, 94 mins
Director: Rachel Israel

David and Sarah meet at a support group for autistic adults and begin a journey of discovery, getting to know themselves and each other. This award-winning comedy, based on real-life experiences (including those of lead actor Brandon Polansky) is fresh, warm and empathetic.

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

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

This event will be led by Steven Eastwood, filmmaker and Professor of Film Practice at Queen Mary University of London, and artist Sam Ahern, a member of the Neurocultures Collective.

Director: Rachel Israel
Brandon Polansky
Samantha Elisofon
Jessica Walter
USA 2017
94 mins

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

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The next relaxed screenings are:
OSKA BRIGHT LIGHTS + intro and discussion
Tuesday 29 March 18:20 NFT3

ILLUMINATING THE WILDERNESS + discussion with artists and makers from Project Art Works
Tuesday 26 April 18:15 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.
  • You will be able to make some noise.
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