Make Me Normal (2005)
What is it like not to understand the world you live in? What happens when the simplest daily tasks lead to anxiety, frustration and even violence?
Make Me Normal is a film about another world: the autistic world. Autism is a condition of the mind that affects the way you communicate with the world around you. In Britain, over half a million people have autism. There is no cure.
In the film, four of the most
able students at Spa School in London take us on a moving journey into
their world, to show us what it is like to grow up with autism. Filmed
over several months, with unique access to one of Britain’s largest
state schools for children with autism, Make Me Normal follows these
students as they learn to live with their condition.
Moneer (12) has a form of
autism called Asperger’s Syndrome. When he loses his mother to cancer,
the school’s struggle to help him deal with his feelings and to manage
his violent behaviour, is on a knife-edge. Roxanne (12) just wants to
be a normal teenager but her realisation that autism is for life is
extremely painful. Roy (18) is desperately trying to make sense of the
world during his last year at school, but what he really wants is a
girlfriend. And Esther (18), our guide, has a special gift for
explaining the autistic world.