Temple Grandin: An HBO Movie
TEMPLE GRANDIN: Autism Gave Her A Vision. She Gave It a Voice.
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New York, N.Y., April 26, 2010 — Golden Globe winner Claire Danes (My So Called Life, Romeo Juliet, The Family Stone) gives a triumphant and memorable performance as Temple Grandin, an autistic young woman who became one of America’s most remarkable success stories. No ordinary biopic, HBO Films’ Temple Grandin tackles the life story of an extraordinary human being who went on to become a scientist, best-selling author and groundbreaking animal advocate despite the challenges of autism. In stores on August 17, 2010, the DVD bonus materials include a “Making Of” featurette and audio commentary with Dr. Grandin, director Mick Jackson and writer Christopher Monger.
Called “extraordinary” (TV Guide), “fascinating” (Entertainment Weekly) and “brilliant” (The Denver Post), Temple Grandin chronicles Dr. Grandin’s early diagnosis; her turbulent growth and development; the enduring support she received from her mother, aunt and science teacher; and her emergence as a highly-functional and esteemed scientist whose innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior led her to revolutionize the cattle industry. To try to help viewers understand autism, the visually inventive film goes beyond Grandin’s words, taking audiences inside her mind via a series of snapshot images that trace her self-perceptions, allowing insight into how an autistic person processes the world around them.
Dr. Grandin holds a PhD in Animal Science from the University of Illinois. A full professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University, Grandin speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling. Over half the cattle in North America are handled in humane systems she has designed. The film Temple Grandin is based on the books Emergence by Grandin and Margaret Scariano and Thinking in Pictures by Grandin.
The film co-stars Catherine O’Hara as Grandin’s aunt Ann (A Mighty Wind),Julia Ormand (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as her mother Eustacia and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) as her high school science teacher Dr. Carlock. Directed by three-time DGA winner Mick Jacksons (Tuesdays With Morrie, HBO’s Live from Bagdad and Indictment: The McMartin Trial), from a screenplay by Christopher Monger (The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain) and WGA winner William Merritt Johnson (HBO’s In Treatment).
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