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Life, Animated

Wednesday 2 November 2016
10:00am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm


Life Animated – Wednesday 2 November 2016
Directed by Roger Ross Williams
USA 2015
90 mins Documentary

Life Animated tells the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

When he was three years old, Owen Suskind stopped speaking. Diagnosed with autism, he was interested in nothing save for the animated films of the Disney company. Immersing himself in these movies, Owen began communicating using only lines spoken by his favourite characters. Using quotes from the likes of Simba, Ariel and Jafar, Owen was finally able to open up, and his family discovered a porthole into their son's mind.


Inspired by and based on Ron Suskind's book about his son's journey from nearly mute toddler to young man seeking independence, Roger Ross Williams' documentary expertly combines classic Disney sequences and strikingly original hand-drawn animations alongside the Suskind family story. Scoring Williams the award for best directing (US Documentary) at this year's Sundance Film Festival, it's a powerful emotional experience and a knockout insight into how art can shine a light in the darkest of places.

"Not only does the film open its audience's eyes to the world of autism it also sheds new light on the almost Shakespearean qualities of films likeThe Lion King. Five Stars."
The Guardian

"A radiant, uplifting story of an autistic boy who transcends his condition by transferring life's challenges into the format of a Disney animated movie, the film is a documentary gem."
Hollywood Reporter

“This is an intelligent and understated film that nicely presents one very particular life experience that will, in its own way, inspire the viewer”.
Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun Times

Upcoming Events & Info

EIGHT - one off screening - 7 Nov 2016

EIGHT is a feature film shot entirely in one take, with no edits - a first for Queensland.  It stars local actress Libby Munro as Sarah Prentice who has not left her house for the past two years. Her fear of going outside has crippled her ability to interact with the outside world. She struggles through the everyday processes of life as she has an uncontrollable OCD. For Sarah, life is about little steps. Screening at Noosa 5 on Monday 7 November at 6:30pm, with tickets @ $20 only available on line. with a Q & A with Libby afterwards.

Noosa 5 Cinema

If you missed NFS screening of Embrace of the Serpent, Noosa 5 is screening this film from Thursday 27 October for 1 week only at 10:00am (Saturday/Sunday excepted). Contact Noosa 5 for further details.


Film Discussion Group

An informal film discussion group meets once a month the Thursday after the last Film Society screening (of that month)  at 2:30pm at  Padstows, Noosa Junction.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 27 October. Email with your name and telephone number and we will give you any further updates. 

Noosa International Film Festival 3 - 6 November - TICKETS ON SALE

Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Noosa International Film Festival (3rd – 6th November).  This is an event not to be missed, with an extensive program including five national and international premiers. There is also a very strong short film component.  The Festival screens over 5 locations around Noosa.  Visit the NIFF website for further updates.


Diarise these Dates for 2016

Remaining screening dates for 2016 October: 24; November: 2, 16  28; December: 7.