Autism in Australia

I have always enjoyed the raw honesty of Australian cinema

Mary and Max


Australia sends the 4th highest number of visitors and page visits to my blog.

So this post is a complete collection all my Australian movie and documentary reviews to date.

Australian Autism movies and documentaries


Somersault (2004)

Somersault explores the relationships between a number of characters living in and around an Australian ski resort town.

The autism aspect of the movie, a child with Asperger’s, is portrayed with great subtlety and is also used to juxtapose one of the lead actors.

A thoughtful and worthwhile movie.


The Black Balloon (2008)

This is an in your face film about an Australian family with a severely Autistic teenage son and a younger neurotypical son.

Black Balloon explores the domestic dynamics of the family as well as the social/school dynamics of Thomas, the younger son.

The film succeeds in portraying the ongoing stress, tension and conflict that the family are living with, without overwhelming the movie.

It won the Australian Film Institute’s Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role


Mary and Max (2009)

Mary and Max is a clay animation movie that documents the 20 year, pen friend relationship and lives of 2 characters:

  • Mary in Australia
  • Max in New York City, who is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome

Another thoughtful movie that examines a number of social issues in addition to it’s main Autism theme.


What are you doing? (2011)

This is a documentary, created by Autism Awareness @AutismAwareAus

It’s aim is to increase Autism Awareness, support and encouragement for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The DVD is currently only available for sale to Australian residents.


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