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Sam Downie as a storyteller, tells bold stories that are told differently to inspire conversations. His films aims to ignite, transform and change the world.

Uniquely Human – a short film about Autism

This animated short, made by critically acclaimed disabled Autistic Filmmaker and Actor – Sam Downie, is a fascinating way of looking into the world of Autism and Disability, by showing how we, as Autistic adults are described and treated by society.

*Please wear Headphone when watching online – for the full Immersive binaural soundtrack

The film has a new dynamic immersive Cinematic Soundtrack mixed in DOLBY Atmos. It also features animated VFX and a voiceover (Narrator) – which are used to create a dramatic storyline. All performers in this film have Autism or are on the Neurodiverse Spectrum.

Notes :

2021 : Film Re-Edited and a new Immersive Music Soundtrack mixed in DOLBY Atmos added. The online version here has a Binaural Soundtrack – please wear headphones. The Cinema version is Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 surround.

Summer 2020 : Shown online at two Disability conferences.

2020 : New shots and sequences added, shot during the 1st Lockdown in Bristol, UK during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Adding a new re-focus to this short film.

2019 : 1st Edit made in January 2019, and then Screened at amazing places and festivals in the UK.

I’m proud to announce this short film was also selected by the British Council and added to their Film archive in late 2019, for distribution.

Film Funding :

In January 2019, 104 Films (Sheffield) & Biggerhouse Film (Bristol) commissioned a short film project to explore the possibility of making a short film, to give a general audience a small window into the condition of Autism, and Neurodiversity.

This film and project had funding from ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Screenings in 2020 of “Uniquely Human” :
  • 4th June, 2020 – Manchester Histories Festival 2020 “Celebrating Alf’s Act, 50 Years of Disabled People’s Rights” and Manchester Histories Celebration Day. To watch the screenings, see behind the scenes photos and to explore all the digital content produced for the festival – please click here.

Read the event programme here :https://issuu.com/manchesterhistories/docs/manchester_histories_digifest_2020_celebrating_alf

Read the follow-up Blog here : https://mcphh.org/2020/10/20/digifest-2020-disabled-peoples-rights-and-histories-an-update/

Screenings in 2019 of “Uniquely Human” :