Adam: Asperger's movie coming to cinemas
Whatever you think of the way in which Hollywood movies sometimes show disability on screen - from fantastic through to, well, making you want to throw the popcorn over yourself and hide under your seat until the closing credits roll - there's a new one coming our way, and this time it features a central character with Asperger's syndrome.
Opening in UK cinemas on Friday 7th August, Adam is a quirky romantic comedy starring Hugh Dancy (previously seen in The Jane Austen Book Club and Confessions of a Shopaholic and Rose Byrne (who has starred in Damages and 28 Weeks Later). Adam is a handsome but intriguing young man with Asperger's who has led a sheltered life - but all that changes when he meets his new neighbour, Beth, a beautiful and brainy writer damaged from a past relationship. She finds his awkwardness perplexing (difficulty in social situations being one of the traits of AS), but is undeniably attracted to him ... ah, it's already beginning to sound like heartwarming Sunday afternoon film fare, isn't it? Break out the chocolates.
The movie has already won an award at the influential Sundance Film Festival, and has also been selected as the closing night premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival at the end of June. In the meantime, the rest of us can watch the official movie trailer on YouTube. Keep an eye on Ouch! too, as closer to the film's release date we're hoping to bring you a review.