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August’s Autism Friendly Films line-up announced

Planes 2 With the school summer holidays now upon us, this month’s Autism Friendly Film line-up has a range of children’s films to choose from: The Nut Job, Planes 2, Earth to Echo and Maleficent.

Firstly, Cineworld cinemas will show The Nut Job on Sunday August 3 at 11am. The following Sunday ODEON cinemas will play Planes 2 at 11.30am, while Showcase cinemas will show Earth to Echo, starting at 10am.

Finally, on Sunday, August 31, Vue cinemas will show Maleficent at 10am at a special price of just £1.75.

In The Nut Job, Surly the Squirrel is exiled from his animal community in a city park after his caper leads to their winter food stock being destroyed. But on the streets Surly discovers a nut shop and makes plans to raid it. Meanwhile, back in the park, squirrels Andie and Grayson are charged by Racoon to find a new food source. After bumping into Surly, Andie agrees to help with his heist to help the colony. But things are complicated as the nut store is a front for bank robbers, and, inevitably, mayhem ensues.

Planes 2 sees air racer Dusty move into aerial firefighting after he finds out that engine damage may mean he can never race again. Teaming up with fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team of all-terrain vehicles The Smokejumpers, they fight a huge wildfire, and Dusty learns what it means to be a true hero.

Meanwhile, in Earth to Echo after receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

Finally, Disney’s fantasy adventure film Maleficent tells the story of fairy who helped defend a peaceful forest kingdom from an invading army, until she was ruthlessly betrayed – an act that turned her heart to stone. Seeking revenge, Maleficent battles the invading king’s successor and curses his newborn daughter Aurora. But as the girl gets older, Maleficent realises that Aurora is the one who holds the key to making the kingdom peaceful again – and perhaps to Maleficent’s happiness too.

Sensory friendly environment

Autism Friendly Screenings are mainstream films shown in a sensory friendly environment. Lights are on low, sound is turned down, trailers are omitted and people can bring their own food, make noise and move around the cinema as they feel comfortable.

To view a full list of participating cinemas visit www.dimensions-uk.org/autismfriendly.

ODEON tickets can be booked on the Wednesday before the screening through the ODEON accessibility helpline number 0800 138 3315. Or book online.

Vue tickets can be booked online or for information call 08712 240 240.

Cineworld tickets can be booked online or for information call 0871 200 2000.

Showcase tickets can be booked online or by calling 0871 220 1000.

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