Young film-makers focus on autism

IN THE PICTURE ... Members of AutismAble with Labour parliamentary candidate Emma Lewell-Buck
IN THE PICTURE ... Members of AutismAble with Labour parliamentary candidate Emma Lewell-Buck

FLEDGLING film-makers have premiered their first piece of work within weeks of a new club’s launch.

AutismAble has been set up for young people who have the condition and has welcomed its first intake of eight.

Definitely, with their confidence, we’ve seen a change, from their first week when they were very shy to now see them all interact with each other.

Andrew Forster, AustimAble co-founder

The club, based at Customs Space, in South Shields, was launched by Andrew Forster, Nichola Laidler and Mark Henderson, who have a background in working with people with learning difficulties and autism, with film-making expertise offered by Dean Walsh.

Volunteers have also lent a hand, including Alex Poole, whose brother Scott has signed up to the sessions.

Young people with conditions across the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s and dyspraxia, are among those to join the club, with members now working on their own projects since their first video was completed.

The video about autism features members as they share their experiences and shows them putting together their own version of John Lennon’s Imagine.

The 18-22-year-olds worked on writing the script and editing the piece together.

It was shown at a premier attended by Labour’s Parliamentary candidate Emma Lewell-Buck as part of Autism Awareness Day.

Andrew said: “They’ve shown a great progression and to think they’ve only been doing this a few weeks, it’s amazing, especially to see how they’ve all pulled together to work as a team.

“Definitely, with their confidence, we’ve seen a change, from their first week when they were very shy to now see them all interact with each other.

“It’s not in a classroom environment and they have been able to develop their own ideas.”

The group will stay together until July, when a new group who have already put their names forward will start their own.

A Facebook page, www.facebook.com/groups/autismable, has been set up to help spread the word and champion their work.

A fundraising evening to help keep the sessions running will be held on the evening of Friday at the Westside Club in West Avenue in South Shields, with tickets £5 and available via the Facebook page.

It will feature songs performed by the group, an auction, bingo and curry.

* To see the video clickHERE.
https://vimeo.com/123885997
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