DAVID reviews

3 April 2017

The National Autistic Society: Mass effects.

by Andrew MacGregor


The National Autistic Society: “Crowded Brain” - 60s

Getting from A to B is something many of us take for granted. For some, it can be an alarming ordeal. In this latest film from the National Autistic Society, we join Holly on her journey to a friendís birthday party.

We feel dadís trepidation as he waves Holly goodbye. We quickly understand why when the bus driver talks. We may hear a friendly greeting, but for Holly, itís paralysing. Passengers, dog walkers, motorcyclistsÖ they all contribute to a disorientating soundtrack. She sees a deepening mob surround her - an information overload made real.

This is another well-calibrated effort from the charity. Director Tomas Mankovskyís previous work for the RNLI shows he can create oppressive tension, and he does so here with an accomplished execution.

The ad implores us to consider how those with autism perceive the world. Even a simple greeting can cause considerable stress; rather than retreat, we can learn how to ease such anxiety. A worthy message to mark World Autism Awareness Day.


Managing Director: Joe Wade
Film Production: Knucklehead Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Tomas Mankovsky
Producer: Francis Mildmay-White
Production M'ger: Cat Irving
Cinematography: James Blann
Production Design: Sam Tidman
Editor: Tim Hardy @ Stitch
Post Production: Hannah Ruddleston @ nineteentwenty
VFX: Duncan Horn @ nineteentwenty
Colourist: Simon Bourne @ Framestore
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