Unique Human

Unique Human , is a short part-animated live film made by autistic filmmaker and actor Sam Downie.

The drive for Diversity, Inclusion and Disability is not new in the UK Film industry. But could the momentum and the challenge of Covid make 2020 a year of real change as the twin crises puts the spotlight on inequality as never before? It seems my short film Unique Human now brings all this, to the forefront.

My film is shot in the style of those "self improvement inspirational" videos you see online. It focuses in on thinking different, celebrating difference and being kind to each other.

All performers in this film have Autism or are on the Neurodiverse Spectrum.

Film Development Background :

In January 2019, 104 Films the leaders in Disability Cinema & Biggerhouse Film commissioned a short film project to explore the areas of Disability, to give a general audience a small window into the condition of Autism, and Neurodiversity.

  • Sam Downie
    Director
    Dawn Of The Dark Fox
  • Sam Downie
    Writer
  • Sam Downie
    Producer
    Dawn Of The Dark Fox
  • Tom Stubbs
    Producer
    Biggerhouse Film
  • Stephen Clarke
    Producer
    Biggerhouse Film
  • Alex Usborne
    Producer
    104 Films
  • Sam Downie
    Key Cast
    “Voiceover”
    Lots of Credits
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, Animation, Storytelling, Inspiration
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 16:9, iPhone, Animation
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Different Voices 3 : Life Magnified
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    March 15, 2019
    UK Premier
    Official Selection
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
    Sheffield
    United Kingdom
    June 7, 2019
    Shown in the "We Are Neurodiverse" screening and talk session
  • JUST EAT
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    June 27, 2019
    Official Selection
  • The Autism Show
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    June 29, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Encounters Film Festival
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    September 25, 2019
    Official Selection (out of competition)
  • ICA London
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 23, 2019
    London Premiere
    https://www.ica.art/learning/we-are-neurodiverse-screening
  • Considered for : BAFTA British Animation Short Film 2020
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 11, 2020
    BAFTA
    Considered for : British Animation Short Film 2020
  • Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    September 4, 2020
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Sam Downie
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • 104 Films
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • Biggerhouse Film, Bristol
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director - Sam Downie