Temple Grandin: HBO Movie Premiere February 6, 2010
Temple Grandin is excited about the upcoming HBO Movie portraying her personal journey through various stages of her life. Hollywood actress Claire Danes gives what Temple describes as an accurate performance based upon research the actress did from information provided to her by Temple personally.
The Premiere is scheduled for Saturday February 6, which is now only 2 weeks away. When I visited with Temple on the phone a few days ago, she described her schedule for the first 2 weeks in February as being a whirlwind of events directly related to the movie premiere.
Overall, Temple believes the movie captures her life in a realistic manner, and she had high praises for everyone involved in it's creation. Here is a sneak peek of the movie trailer, teaser, and synopsis for HBO Film: Temple Grandin.
I thought I was excited about this before, then I watched the trailer! Now I'm mega excited.
I wonder how I will watch it though, I don't have TV channels. will there be other distribution methods?
Also, I think it is fascinating how much Claire Danes appears to look like Temple in the clips we've seen. . . I was very skeptical at first.
can this be viewed in the uk
I saw the HBO screening with Autism Speaks last night in West LA.
Let me just say that I am very impressed with the film. Claire Danes does a great job of capturing what it's like to be autistic. The director also did an amazing job with the film.
Temple Grandin is a must see for those whose lives are effected by autism and those who aren't. I still can't really believe it was made!
After my son was diagnosed 8 yrs ago, I went to the library looking for a first hand perspective on autism. That is when I discovered Temple and read her 1st book Emergence.
I fell in love with her then and have told many newly diagnosed parents about her.
Now she's a star!
I listened to an interview online at "blogtalkradio" with Temple Grandin. I appreciate the practical experiencial advise that she offers. She is frank, basic, and constant. Her approach is grounded in practical methods of raising disciplined productive citizen's. So, not only will our aspie's benefit they seem to be logical parenting techniques across the board.
Speaking of the HBO special, I do not have HBO but I will for that day.......... have it already keyed in for reminder.
I don't know. Maybe I'm being a stickler for details (It's been known to happen) but just based on the picture for the screening, I'm sceptical about how well they capture Temple's blunted facial expressions. Even if you do a google image search for Temple herself, she doesn't have the same silly grin that Claire Danes has, at least the one on the screening shot
Yeah, I know I'm being blunt and critical but to me it's important. As an Aspie, life hasn't been sweet and rosy. Temple is HFA. Maybe she does smile widely and with teeth showing but I've not seen it. Oh well, maybe the movie is good.
Marian. The smile was a bit puzzling to me also. I just watched a 90 minute speech Temple gave, and she is quite restrained in her expressions. My son has HFA, and he has a 1800 watt smile that can be pretty goofy, but it's ephemeral, and he knows he is being goofy when he does it. Most of the time, he is as restrained as Temple seems to be. I sure hope Claire Danes doesn't overdo it.
Califmom, thanks for some feedback. After I posted it I thought to myself: Self, are you being too critical again? But no, I have seen her twice in person and each time, she comes across as restrained. Twice isn't scientific, I suppose.
As an aside, I would like a movie about real life for Aspies or HFA. I mean I'm glad Temple has been so successful but it's not like that for the majority of those on the spectrum and yet, we often deserve credit for what we have accomplished considering all the issues.
I don't get HBO, will you let me know what you thought of the Temple movie?
Absolutely! I'm greatly looking forward to watching this.
I'm looking forward to this. I don't get HBO, so I'll have to look out for it on DVD to rent. (Same with Adam, which was just released in Canada)
My family and I just watched the film out here in California. I'm wondering what people who saw this think about it.
One can nitpick about it, especially about what I suspect is some exaggeration of Temple's expressions and movements. (I'm thinking it can't be much as Temple herself likes the film.) But overall, I was moved to watch it and feel even more in awe of Temple that she was able to persevere. What a brave woman she is and was.
The scene that reduced me to a wreck was when Temple's mother was speaking to that horrible psychologist or neurologist, whatever he was. Although much more was known about autism by 1999, when my son was first evaluated, we were handed the bogus diagnosis of reactive attachment disorder, because my son is adopted. The advice we were given was completely unhelpful and sort of along the lines of what Temple's mother was told. "Any progress he will make will depend on your repairing his obvious lack of an attachment to you." Well, Temple's mother was also told her lack of attachment to her daughter damaged Temple beyond repair. At least I was given hope.
Just as Temple was attached to her mother, my son was attached to me. He just didn't respond the way specialists expected him to. OMG, that scene on the stairs with the picture cards. My son could talk, quite well, when he cared to, but I remember trying to get him to engage with me, play patty cake, stack blocks, do simple wood puzzles. Each new task he learned reminds me of that scene, how I would bring his face back around (He liked lights also), and over and over, try my best to teach him. Finally I learned what Temple's aunt intuitively understood, that if I allowed my son to show me what interested him and I joined him in that interest, I could bridge him to another task and then back again. The aunt was a lovely character, I thought.
Temple's own determination to learn and excel was remarkable. Given the short length of this film, the interactions she had in which she convinced people to take her seriously felt at times somewhat facile. Overall, though, I'd say the film was able to communicate the grit it took for her to persist, meeting each obstacle head-on. The cattle ranchers were particularly loathsome to her. And the sliding glass doors of the supermarket. I remember how those terrified me when I was little.
It was fun to see the costuming and sets that captured the feeling of the sixties and seventies. I grew up during that time.
Hey! Are you saying I'm nit-picking about the facial expressions?
Yeah, I probably am but I think it's important. Others watching this, who don't have experience with autism/HFA/Aspergers, are likely to miss that facial expressions often don't communicate accurate information like they do with NT's.
Sounds like the movie was a bit of a roller coaster for you.
Concerns over facial features are important; I merely felt the film is such a success in other ways, perhaps this is worth forgiving. In Temple's case, her expressions were appropriate. She was portrayed as having an expressive face (sometimes cartoonishly so), but mainly as not understanding her own reactions and those of others. Her aunt takes photos of her and Temple labels each emotion, learning to recognize each one. I've noticed that my son has a fairly expressive face as well, but that his responses can tend to be mere flashes at times. He is relatively restrained in expression the rest of the time. I'm told the same is true of me. There are a lot of photos and films of me looking pretty, well, over-animated. I didn't really know what else to do but mug for the camera.
I know with my own facial expressions that I often look angry when I'm not. Temple complains in the movie that others say this about her; I would have liked to see that demonstrated more.
Overall it was very well done.
How can I access this in Australia?
I saw the trailor and desperately want to see the movie.
I had to order HBO for a few days to see the movie, but it was well worth it. For anyone who hasn't seen it yet, and is able to do so, I recommend that you do.