This project was born from a brave connection made by Louise Cummins, an accidental author that wrote her first book on Autism ‘A Different Kind of Brilliant’ for her son. Louise reached out to me after seeing a short film I made at TEDx last year. She asked if I would be involved in the next chapter of this journey into autism awareness, unknowing of the fact that I have grown up with my heavily autistic brother Sam.
This sparked a passion in me to do all I could to make this project a success and with the help of the rest of the amazing team (Alec Janowski, Kristie Thistlethwaite, William Nghiem, Squeak e Clean Studios and Siren) we were able to pull off something that we can all be proud of.
Judges Choice WINNER at the Focus on Ability Awards. It has also screened in film festivals in LA, NYC, Sydney and Edmonton.
Brilliant is a short film about acceptance. An autistic boy’s discovery of his incredible superpowers – but to be truly brilliant, he’ll have to accept himself first!
This project means a significant amount to me personally and I’m excited to see it playing in schools around Australia and to watch it continue on it’s journey of helping children understand that they too all have their very own kind of Brilliant.