Neurodivergent Autistic Content Creator | Filmmaker | Actor | Presenter | Podcaster | Photographer |
Sam Downie is an Autistic Neurodivergent longtime Content Creator, with a 20+ year work/experience history in Radio, Theatre, Podcasting, Vlogging, Film and Television. He’s currently a BAFTA and British Council supported Autistic Neurodiverse Filmmaker making short films, interviews & documentaries. I love being a creative, passionate, experimental storyteller & filmmaker.
I was late diagnosed with Autism as an adult in 2017, I was also late diagnosed with Epilepsy/Seizures in 2004 and the cause was diagnosed as a Brain Tumour in 2014.
Since 2004, Sam has become a Disability and Human Rights Activist, a Advocate, an Ambassador and a Public Speaker – talking about disability and living with diagnoses, raising awareness about disability at Events and on TV, Radio and Podcasts.
He uses his filmmaking skills (both trained and self-taught) to create short films indirectly or directly about various disabilities. These films have gone on to be screened at International Film Festivals, and at events, eventually ending up online for streaming. He’s now been recognised by BAFTA, The Academy and by the British Council as a Disabled creative and creator.
Sam is passionate about filmmaking as a content creator. His other skills include Voice Over, Presenting and Acting.
Since April 2020 Sam has been volunteering for the World Health Organisation helping to co-write information about Covid-19 and creating short films.
My recent short film “Uniquely Human – A Different Way of Seeing Autism” has been screened at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, Encounters Film Festival 2019, as well as screenings at the ICA Cinema in London, The Watershed in Bristol, and The Autism Show in Manchester – viewings that support Disabled filmmakers. In 2020 it was going to be screened in the USA at The Academy, the home to the Oscars – but the Pandemic struck.
Sam often steps away from the camera lens to speak at Public Events, Conferences, as well as Radio and Podcasts.
Sam is a prolific speaker on Autism, Epilepsy, Disability and Mental Health, by talking about it, openly.
Talking about Autism (and Epilepsy) *advocating* is a big part of Sam’s life , and he loves the fact, that sharing his tips and struggles can educate those less aware about Autism and Epilepsy, whilst supporting other people on the spectrum.
Despite the struggles he faces living on the Autistic spectrum ( such as discrimination and not being understood ), Sam has achieved what many filmmakers aspire to do, which is – to develop, shoot, edit and have his films screened at international film festivals, using a combination of skills, talent and techniques.
Sam has also been making videos on YouTube since 2004 and has been uploading a range of interviews, short films and Livestreams ever since. He’s an experienced Live Webcaster & Podcaster, and was one of the world’s 1st reality “live-streamers” (yes, that was a term then in 2005).
Sam also manages to balance all this with visits to Cinema’s (Sam currently loves IMAX, Big Screens and Dolby Atmos), theatre, walking, composing music, exploring and.. baking soda bread #realbread, amongst other things.
Actor / Voice Actor
Nominated for British Animated Short Film – BAFTA Film Awards 2020
Sam is best known for playing various roles, his work spans over 20+ years as an actor/voice actor, on stage and screen. Kind, warm, caring & smiley. Full, rounded voice with a wide range of character on tap.
Visit Sam’s SPOTLIGHT casting profile at : https://www.spotlight.com/profile/2850-8949-2771
TV costume dramas include : ‘The House of Elliot’ (BBC), ‘Tom Jones A Foundling’ (BBC / A+E), ‘Blackhearts in Battersea’ (Children’s BBC). Sci-fi dramas such as ‘Doctor Who’ (BBC), ‘Torchwoord’ (BBC Wales), comedy such as ‘The Armstrong and Miller show’ (Channel 4), ‘Teachers’ (Channel 4), to modern day dramas starting off in ‘Coronation Street’ (ITV) then ‘East Enders’ (BBC) and ending up in ‘Casualty’ (BBC).
Sam’s also acted on the stages of : Bristol Old Vic (Bristol, UK) mostly, but he has also been on stages in London, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
With an infectious passion Sam brings a natural confidence to his performance on camera and an irrepressible live stage presence. He excels in comedy, improv, sci-fi, drama and entertainment.
Sam Downie is a disabled Broadcast Journalist, Presenter, Guest Host and Talking Head.
He was diagnosed with Autism, and a Brain Tumour that causes Seizures.
Sam Downie has had a highly successful career as a Broadcast Journalist & Reporter & Presenter for the past two decades – on Local and National Television, Radio, Podcasts and live webcasts.
He keeps the news that he’s an award-winning Autistic Neurodiverse Filmmaker to himself.
Sam’s voice is warm, engaging, unique, un-rushed and confident sounding – just perfect for Live Entertainment, Factual Entertainment, Documentaries, News, Commercials, and Podcasts.
Sam has become a recognized industry voice in the United Kingdom and the USA.
His expertise is in gadgets and technology, as well as entertainment, music, movie production, theatre, comedy, and current affairs such as Disability awareness and ignorance.
For ten years, Sam was the voice of Bristol Sounds, the successful music programme / Podcast that documents the world famous Bristol music scene, a show that was broadcast across Bristol and then nationally on BBC Radio, it then turned into a popular podcast series in the early 2000’s.
However he’s also presented and been a guest co-host on technology news shows, commercial promos, music programmes, factual entertainment, the arts and current affairs.
As a Radio Presenter, Sam Downie is one of Bristol’s most in-demand radio voices, his enthusiastic approach and rapport with listeners has seen his shows become popular.
Sam Downie – Presenter with warmth, style and authenticity.
Sam Downie has worked as a TV presenter and producer on hundreds of Music, Technology, and Entertainment TV shows in a career spanning almost twenty years. He is also a published author, telling his personal story in a book called “After That Day”.
With an infectious passion for music, gadgets, technology and science, Sam brings a natural confidence to his performance on camera rarely seen in factual television and an irrepressible live stage presence.
Sam’s knowledge and passion for entertainment, gadgets and apps, current affairs, consumer rights, music, films and science, make him a multi-skilled journalist and in-demand as a co-host and broadcaster who delivers.
He excels as a Broadcast Presenter, Journalist, Factual Entertainment Presenter on Network TV, Radio, Podcasts and Live Webcasts / Live Webinars.
Sam is also a voice for disability on Autism, Brain Injuries, Epilepsy and “other” disability issues. He’s a… Voice for Change.
Sam has over 15 years of Network TV, Radio and Online Webcasting experience including:
- Reporter – Digital Planet – the weekly technology show, that’s broadcast on BBC World Service (Radio)
- Guest Reporter – BBC Click – the weekly technology show that’s broadcast on BBC NEWS (Television)
- Guest contributor – across shows on the popular TWiT TV Network (USA) : TWiT ‘this week in tech’, and MacBreak Weekly (Online Television / Podcasts)
- Works for ITV Studios (in England and USA) as “on-screen Talent”
- Guest Reporter – The Gadget Show – Channel 5 / ViaCom / UK
- Contributing Guest on BBC Radio Bristol
- Contributing Guest on BBC Radio 1
- Contributing Guest on BBC Radio 2
- Producing and Presenting a BBC Radio 6Music “6 Mix” on the Bristol Sounds
Sam Downie is an Actor, Director and Autistic Filmmaker who has worked across Film, Television and Theatre.
As a Filmmaker, Downie’s narrative features include the critically acclaimed Uniquely Human [link] for 104 Films / Biggerhouse Film which screened at the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019, Encounters Film Festival 2019 in Bristol, and went on to be long-listed for the BAFTA British Animated Short Film Award 2020. His films have also been screened at the ICA in London, the Arnolfini cinema in Bristol, as well as in the USA in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Sam’s film Uniquely Human is also included in the British Council’s UK Film Directory [link], where it can be selected for festivals, as a short made by an established Disabled filmmaker.
Sam has plenty of passion and talent for creating engaging stories for the big cinema screen, as well as TV and Online.
But.. despite the struggles he faces living on the Autistic spectrum ( such as discrimination and not being understood ), Sam has achieved what many Filmmakers aspire to do, which is, to develop, shoot, edit and screen award-winning films, using a combination of skills, talent and techniques.
As an Actor and Voiceover / Voice Actor, Sam can also be cast via Spotlight – the home to Casting.
Started in 2000 when Podcasting was in its infancy, a unknown music documentary series created by Sam Downie called Bristol Sounds was launched, detailing the musicians and music behind the now infamous Bristol music scene.
Sam Downie’s TECH:CASTS
Unique Technology interviews told with authenticity, from Apple Computer and it’s users, to creatives and the people who built and designed the technology and apps we use today. Sam Downie brings over 20+ years of being a Apple user and 20 years of radio presenting and production to this informative series. If you’ve heard him before you know what to expect… engaging interviews, commentary, guests. If you haven’t heard him, then welcome to Sam’s look at all things tech.
“Reporting from the UK, the USA and around the world, this is Sam Downie’s TECH:CASTS – Give it a listen!”
Sam is one of the most in-demand public speakers for events, conferences and webcasts. His enthusiastic approach and rapport with audiences has seen his engaging presentations become popular. His reputation as “a safe pair of hands” has led to him being asked back year after year to host many events.
Sam delivers talks on the following subjects :
- Content Creation ( Live Streaming, YouTube, Short Films, MoJo – Mobile Journalist and ENG )
- Living with a Brain Injury ( Brain Tumour )
- Living with Autism
- Living with Seizures (Epilepsy)
- Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
- Disability & Disability Law ( Legislation )
Workshops & Consultant
Leading workshops in Video creativity. From how to build your own home studio for live webcasts and broadcasts to podcast production.
LONDON 2012 OLYMPICS
In 2012 Sam became a “storyteller and interviewer” at the London 2012 Olympic Games, covering events such as the Olympic Torch Relay when it crossed the boarder in to Wales (in Monmouth), where Sam worked alongside BBC Radio Cardiff in the coverage. Sam was also thrilled to be asked to be a “storyteller” with BT, one of the many sponsors of the London 2012 games. His Twitter handle ( @samdownie ) appeared on the massive screen on the BT Tower in London, where he took over the screen for a month reporting on the London 2012 games and delivering news via the huge screen above London’s skyline.
Sam is a Patron & Ambassador , for the yearly Epilepsy Awareness Day & Expo held at Disneyland Resort in California. Visit the following links :
Main website > https://epilepsyawarenessday.org/home/
2020 Interactive online event > www.epilepsyawarenessday.org
Update: I was going to be speaking at a session at the 2020 interactive online event for Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland 2020, but due to illness ( appendicitis emergency surgery and seizures ) I’ve had to cancel this.
Instead for #NEAM2020 National Epilepsy Awareness Month 2020, I am going to be working upon a new short film featuring clips from past Epilepsy Awareness Day at Disneyland events including interviews with Dr’s and people with Epilepsy. I will post a link to it once it’s edited.
Fact : 1 in 26 in the USA , 1 in 100 in the UK have Epilepsy
Here’s a short list of Sam Downie’s skills & experience.
- Live broadcaster with 25 + years of experience
- Ability to handle large audiences and create an atmosphere
- Skilled Voice-over
- Skilled Radio Presenter
- Skilled Podcast Host
- Skilled TV host / co-host
- Skilled Public Speaker
- Skilled Journalist
- Communicator and Writer
- Able to think on his feet
- Excellent presentation skills
- Ambassador and Patron for charities