Unique Human

This film gives a short glimpse into the world of Autism, composed of words, people with Autism, music, surround sound (5.1 Dolby mix for Cinemas) and animation, created by Autistic filmmaker Sam Downie.

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

Unique Human, is a film that reminds us that we are all human + unique, we all have flaws and make mistakes, but.. that's okay. The film reminds you to celebrate Neurodiversity and difference.
A short simple message, to encourage change and action. Along with a sonic soundtrack and voiceover also created by filmmaker Sam Downie.

This film had funding from ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.


Sam Downie is a polymath. He's a neurodivergent Filmmaker, Actor and Voice-Over. Despite the struggles Sam faces living on the Autistic spectrum ( such as discrimination and not being understood ), Sam has achieved what many filmmakers aspire to do, which is, to develop, shoot, edit and screen award-winning films, using a combination of skills, talent and techniques.

Sam has taken part in many projects to develop films, such as the Different Voices Neurodiversity Film project from Biggerhouse Film and 104 Films the leaders in Disability Films for Cinema and TV.

  • Sam Downie
  • Sam Downie
  • Sam Downie
  • Tom Stubbs
  • Stephen Clarke
  • Alex Usborne
    104 Films
  • Sam Downie
    Key Cast
    The Hawk, Doctor Who, The House of Elliot, Blackhearts in Battersea, Dangerfield, East Enders, Coronation Street, Macbreak Weekly, This Week in Tech, BBC Click,
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    100 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital DLSR and iPhone 8
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Different Voices 3 : Life Magnified
    United Kingdom
    March 15, 2019
    UK Premier
    Official Selection
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
    United Kingdom
    June 7, 2019
    North England Premier
    Official Selection at "We Are Neurodiverse" screening and talk session
    United Kingdom
    June 27, 2019
    Official Selection
  • The Autism Show
    United Kingdom
    June 29, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Encounters Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    September 25, 2019
    Official Selection (out of competition)
Distributor Information
  • 104 Films
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director - Sam Downie