Spines: A Case Study in Working with Neurodiverse Talent and Crew

In 2022 we commissioned one of our funded teams to create a case study on their short film Spines, the story of a shy, neurodivergent boy who makes a new connection: ‘when book-loving Thomas meets sporty Agnes, he learns how to use his storytelling to bridge the gap between them, show empathy and forge a new friendship.’

Both the lead actor and the writer-director, Joe Inman, are neurodiverse and so this was a great opportunity for us to hear about their experiences in making a BFI-backed short, in the hope that other teams (and executives) can better understand how to make their projects accessible.

Spines is currently on the festival circuit, but you can find out more about the story, the team and the production process (and pick up some practical tips!) in the case study here:

Photo by Natasha Payce for Bear Behind You (left to right: Oscar Payce; Joseph Inman)

Spines: A Case Study in Working with Neurodiverse Talent and Crew

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