Autism Friendly Screening | Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
Film Reel Lives

Autism Friendly Screening | Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Nerve Centre

Admission: £4 + booking fee

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£4 + booking fee

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1hr 57mins

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Screenings targeted for people on the autism spectrum or with other special needs and their families, friends and carers. Films will be screened with higher than usual lighting levels; lower than usual sound levels and the audience will be free to move around.

Matilda Wormwood (Alisha Weir) is a little girl with big curiosity, a sharp mind and a vivid imagination — and the worst parents in the world. While her parents (Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough) content themselves with trashy TV and dodgy money-making schemes, she loves to lose herself in the pages of her beloved books.

On meeting her inspirational teacher, Miss Honey (Lashana Lynch), Matilda is encouraged and begins conjuring her own fantastical tales. Excited to attend Crunchem Hall, Matilda is surprised to find the school is an ominous and oppressive place led by the huge and villainous Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson).

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is an inspirational musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons the remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories, whilst also taking charge of her own destiny. Standing up for what’s right, she’s met with miraculous results.

Nominated for two BAFTAS.

“Armed with a bunch of revolting children, a superb grown-up cast, a strong tiny lead, and Minchin's consistently wonderful songs, Warchus and Kelly have successfully brought the West End musical to the screen.” - Shannon Connellan, Mashable.

2022. UK/USA. Director: Matthew Warchus. Cast: Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch. Duration: 1hr 57mins. Cert: PG.

Foyle Film Festival presents... Reel Lives

This event is part of Foyle Film Festival presents Reel Lives, a new short programme aiming to showcase different lives on screen, shining a light on alternative, lesser known perspectives, inspiring stories and people and communities on the margins seeing themselves on the big screen.

Reel Lives will host a series of public screenings, a primary and post primary education programme and some Foyle Film Festival favourites such as Cinematic Breakfasts and Dementia Friendly screenings.

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