Alison Brownmoore is a creative director that has been BAFTA nominated for her work. Her son, Oscar was also diagnosed with autism and through her experiences, she learned about the way that people would normally react to her son’s diagnosis as something that is negative. However, through interactions with her son she learnt that being autistic isn’t a negative thing at all and that often the media portrays autism as something to be mourned rather than something to embrace.
As Oscar says, ‘people need to stop thinking about autism as a disability and start thinking of it as a new ability’. This inspired Alison to make her own, deeply personal and loving tribute to her son and to anybody else with autism who feel that they’re being singled out because they’re different.
The Amazing Adventures of Awesome is a short animation made by Alison Brownmoore that tells the story of a little girl who has autism and is seen as different. However, as her story unfolds it shows that being different can be awesome.
Hand drawn and without dialogue, Brownmoore’s story comes to life with simple and yet beautiful animation which shows an autistic girl overwhelmed with the world around her who is able to go into places of pure imagination. Something that perhaps we all wish in some way that we could do so easily.
However, this is thankfully not a film like Music, Sia’s much maligned feature directorial debut. Instead, it comes from a real place with a lot of love and understanding. That’s because the story is coming from a parent of an autistic child. Whereas in some cases the story may be about how the difficult it is for a parent to connect with their child who is seen as different, here Brownmoore shows that any autistic child should be accepted and loved such as any other.
It feels like rather than being scared for the future of her son or how he will manage, Brownmoore is in awe of her son and loves that he has something so different that may very well change the world.
Perceptions of autism are slowly changing and more needs to be done to get the message across, but with The Amazing Adventures of Awesome and the people it may reach, then it’s a good start.
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