Claire Danes in HBO biopic on Temple Grandin
Famed actress Claire Danes and cable television’s HBO give autism the star treatment Saturday night in a critically acclaimed biopic of author Temple Grandin, a doctor of animal sciences and likely the best-known autism advocate. Grandin, 62, who was diagnosed with autism in the 1950s, is one of the world’s top experts in animal psychology. Her diagnosis was later refined as Asperger Syndrome as researchers became more knowledgeable about autism-spectrum issues. Danes serves up a fabulous acting job, according to Entertainment Weekly. “Director Mick Jackson uses a variety of techniques — onscreen graphics, quick cuts, fantastical flashes, and heightened sound effects — to give viewers a sense of what it feels like to be autistic. As Temple explains, she ”thinks in pictures.” She remembers everything she sees. Her brain is a crowded and overwhelming place. Because we’re given visual glimpses of how she thinks, we begin to understand cows and horses the way Temple does,” Jennifer Armstrong writes. The biopic’s supporting cast includes Julia Ormand as Temple’s mother; Catherine O’Hara as Temple’s aunt; and David Strathairn as her teacher. HBO’s “Temple Grandin” airs at 8 p.m. February 6, 2010.
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