The Reason I Jump with Recorded Q&A with Director


Dir: Jerry Rothwell
2020 | USA / UK | 82 mins

★★★★★ – Eye For Films “This is a wondrous work” – The Hollywood Reporter ★★★★ – Total Film “As emotionally piercing as it is beautiful to behold” – Variety ★★★★ – HeyUGuys “The Reason I Jump will change how you think” – Screen Daily

The film running time is 82 minutes, followed by a recorded Q&A with the film’s director, Jerry Rothwell in conversation with Picture House Manager, Rebekah Fozard. There will be a 5 minute comfort break after the film before the Q&A is screened. Approximate overall running time is 115 minutes.

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Acutely observed moments in the lives of each of the characters are connected by passages from Naoki’s writing, in which a young Japanese boy journeys through an epic landscape, gradually discovering what his autism means to him, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps.

The film distills these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

Relaxed Screening on Sunday 18 July
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