Apostrophe reviews two films worth watching.
46 / 47
8 min. / Narrative
2011 / Germany
A film about being different, 46 / 47suggests a desperately needed change of perspective (whether 46 or 47 chromosomes).
The film plays with habitual stereotypes, tries to make “being different” an experience and asks the question “What is normal?” a little differently.
Daniel is different. He’s missing something. He only has 46 chromosomes where 47 should be. How does it feel to be “different”? People with Down syndrome stand out because of their physical features. 46/47 dares to show the world “from the other side”.
Everyone has Down syndrome. Those with only 46 chromosomes are considered disabled. People like Daniel. He is always immediately seen but rarely recognized.
Everyday situations, like shopping for groceries or riding the bus are torture for him — from the perspective of the so-called “normals.”
Laser Beak Man
10 min. / documentary
2010 / Australia
A child who was never expected to walk or speak overcomes incredible odds to become an accomplished visual artist with his animation series screening around the world.
This is the story of Tim Sharp, an artist on the autism spectrum, who has overcome incredible odds to become an internationally recognized visual artist with his super-hero character Laser Beak Man.
Nominated for the Young Queenslander of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009, Tim works tirelessly for autism groups around the world.
The film reveals how a child who was never expected to walk or speak has defied the odds to become an ambassador for people with autism.
Sharp is most famous for his bold and colorful works completed in crayon that all feature his superhero Laser Beak Man. Many of these works interpret pop culture icons or current topics. Others represent Sharp’s literal understanding of language, a common trait of autism.
Most of them reflect Sharp’s unique sense of humour and his often irreverent opinion of people and situations. Sharp’s art is in demand from collectors from around the world. Preferring to exhibit in his home country of Australia, his shows are sellout successes and have attracted the attention of many prominent art collectors from Australia and around the world.
The National Museum of Australia in Canberra exhibited Sharp’s story and his art in its Eternity gallery.
Laser Beak Man is the story of Tim Sharp, an artist on the autism spectrum §
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