This screening of Mary and Max is sensory friendly, presented with house lights on & sound lower
“The Royal Cinema and local “Aspergian” film critic and filmmaker Sean Kelly (skonmovies.com, skellyproductions.ca) presents a special tenth-anniversary screening of Adam Elliot’s Mary and Max, with a portion of the proceeds in support the Asperger’s Society of Ontario (aspergers.ca).
The depiction of Asperger’s Syndrome in cinema is a spotty one at best. This form of Autism, named after Austrian paediatrician Hans Asperger, has seemingly surpassed ADHD when it comes to the depiction of “strange” individuals. Over the past fifteen years, characters with Asperger’s have popped up more frequently in movies and TV, with varying degrees of respect to the disorder.
Arguably one of the best films to tackle Asperger’s Syndrome, Mary & Max never really received a theatrical release outside of its native Australia, save for a premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film is stop-motion animated comedy-drama from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Adam Elliot (Harvey Krumpet), which tells the story of a young Australian girl named Mary Daisy Dinkle (voiced as a kid by Bethany Whitmore and as an adult by Toni Collette), who begins an unlikely pen pal relationship with a lonely middle-aged Jewish-Atheist in New York named Max Jerry Horowitz (voiced by Philip Seymour Hoffman), who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome.
Since the condition is part of a spectrum, it is impossible for any film to provide an exact depiction of Asperger’s Syndrome. However, Mary and Max is probably one of the closest and most empathetic depictions of the challenges faced by someone with Asperger’s. Under the guise of a goofy-looking stop-motion film, Mary and Max tackles some very dark and serious subject matter and is required viewing for anyone wanting to know more about what it’s like to be on the spectrum.” (Sean Kelly)
The screening will be preceded by an “Asperger’s in Film and TV” pre-show.
Thursday, Aug 1 - 8:00pm