Lambeth Autism Group make screen debut as they aim to help raise awareness of the condition


The work was part of the Uspark Short Competition.


By Chidi Ogundu

Lambeth Autism Group gathered at Curzon Cinema in Kennington last week as part of the uSpark Short Competition.

Members of the group had to make a film, with the help of Chocolate Films, about an inspirational person in their life.

The films shortlisted would get a chance to go to Pinewood studios in mid-October for an awards ceremony and a Grand Screening where the overall winner would be announced.

Lambeth Autism Group volunteer, Jacqui Thompson, 59, Kennington, said: “The films made not only educate people how to make films, but educate the general public about what it’s like to have autism.”

Chocolate Films, a film production company in South London, were approached by Jacqui to do a workshop for Lambeth Autism Group, after seeing their work at a screening at Curzon Soho.

Laura Kloss, Project Manager Community and Learning at Chocolate Films, said: “The films are brilliant ways for the members of Lambeth Autism Group to share their experience of autism and help the wider world understand autism better.”

Thanks to Chocolate Films securing a bursary from uScreen, it was possible for the group to produce their short films during the summer.

One of the films was by James Rowe, 22, Streatham. He made his film about his sister titled ‘My Sister, My Beauty Therapist.’

James described how his sister Nina, who is a beauty therapist, makes him look and feel good about himself.

In his film, James said: “Whenever I am confused, she talks some sense to me. For example, if I don’t know what to do, she points me in the right direction.”

For more information about the uSpark Short Competition, visit 

Photo courtesy of Brooks was here, with thanks.

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