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Monday 17 October 2016

Brighton Filmmaker Receives Global Recognition For 'Asperger's Syndrome.'

A talented new filmmaker from Brighton has been making waves internationally with an award-winning short film that sheds light on Asperger's Syndrome.

Nicholas Bayfield's film, titled Asperger's Syndrome, explores a condition on the Autism Spectrum that affects over 1 in 100 people in the UK. 

The film has so far won six awards, including "Best Experimental Student Short" at the high-profile Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. 

Bayfield is an alumni of Brighton Film School's BA (Hons) Film Production top-up validated by the University of Brighton. 

He created Asperger's Syndrome as his end of year graduation film, in part inspired by his own experience of the condition. 

Bayfield explained:

"Asperger's syndrome is something that I was diagnosed with at a very young age. 

"It's basically a mild autism where you may struggle with social interaction, social communication and have issues with the five senses (sound, taste, touch, sight and smell). You may also see the world differently from the way others view it.

"Asperger's Syndrome" is an experimental short, looking into the world of people with Asperger's Syndrome and the way they interact with their environment. 

"It's a semi-autobiographical film that was made with limited resources, money and crew, which ended with positive results." 


The film has also received widespread critical acclaim and success elsewhere, including selection at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival and Miami Independent Film Festival, with the highlight so far being an award of a Merit at the Best Shorts Film Competition by a panel of Emmy, Telly, Communicators award nominees and winners.

Gary Barber, Head of Brighton Film School added:

"We are all very proud of Nicholas and what his film has achieved. His tenacity, organisation and commitment to telling his story is commendable and we wish him every success with future projects".

You can follow Nicholas Bayfield and any screening announcements on Twitter at @nicholasb269 or at www.facebook.com/aspergersexperimental.  

by: Mike Cobley




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