HBO Films’ TEMPLEGRANDIN, starring Golden Globe winner Claire Danes in the title role, brings to the screen the story of the best-selling author, animal scientist and autism advocate.  The film will debut on Saturday, Feb. 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

TEMPLE GRANDIN is based upon the books “Emergence,” by Temple Grandin and Margaret Scariano, and “Thinking in Pictures” by Temple Grandin.

Other HBO playdates:  Feb. 6 (11:45 p.m.), 7 (5:45 p.m.), 10 (11:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m.), 14 (10:30 a.m., 12:30 a.m.), 18 (9:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m.), 20 (2:00 p.m.), 22 (3:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m.) and 27 (noon)

TEMPLEGRANDIN paints a picture of a young woman’s perseverance and determination while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism at a time when it was still quite unknown.  The film chronicles Temple’s early diagnosis; her turbulent growth and development during her school years; the enduring support she received from her mother, her aunt and her science teacher; and her emergence as a woman with an innate sensitivity and understanding of animal behavior. 

Undaunted by educational, social and professional roadblocks, Grandin turned her unique talent into a behavioral tool that revolutionized the cattle industry and laid the groundwork for her successful career as an author, lecturer and pioneering advocate for autism and autism spectrum disorder education.

This visually inventive film offers a stunning insight into TempleGrandin’s world, taking the audience literally inside her mind with a series of snapshot images that trace her self-perceptions and journey from childhood through young adulthood to the beginning of her career.

Director Mick Jackson points out the challenge of bringing Grandin’s vision to the world, saying, “Before Temple, nobody had said, ‘This is how it feels.  This is what day to day, moment to moment, second to second, an autistic person goes through.’  And yet through her writings and lectures Temple had done that, and I thought this would be a wonderful and unique opportunity.  We could use all the techniques of cinema to try and bring this very different perception of the world to light for other people.”

full synopsis of the film is available online.

Source: Drovers (sister publication to Dairy Herd Management)