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Blockbusters The BFG and Finding Dory among September’s Autism Friendly Films

Autism Friendly FilmsSummer blockbusters The BFG and Finding Dory are among the September Autism Friendly Films line-up, service provider Dimensions has announced.

Finding Dory will be shown at selected Cineworld cinemas on Sunday, September 4 at 11am.

On the following Sunday, starting at 10am, selected Showcase cinemas will show The BFG.

Meanwhile, ODEON cinemas will be playing Kubo and the Two Strings on Sunday, September 18, beginning at 11.30am.

On Monday, September 19, 9 selected ODEON cinemas will show Bridget Jones’s Baby (12a) at 6pm, as part of its ongoing trial screenings for older audiences.

Finally, Vue cinemas will screen Top Cat Begins on Sunday, September 25 at 10am.

The BFG is a Steven Spielberg-directed big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s book of the same name. It tells the story of Sophie, who meets a giant that, rather than being a terrifying child-eater, is actually gentle and charming. However, as Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant’s friendship grows, it attracts the attention of other giants, who are not as friendly. Sophie and the BFG end up traveling to London, to try and convince the Queen to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Meanwhile, Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory is the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo. This time, the story centres on Dory, the forgetful blue tang fish. While she experiences memory loss every 10 seconds or so, one thing she can remember is being separated from her parents as a child. So, with the help of friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory goes on a quest to find her parents. Her adventure takes her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses a myriad of ocean species – including Dory’s parents. Can Dory free them from captivity and have the family reunion she dreams of?

Top Cat Begins is the sequel to Top Cat, and takes the story back to how TC got his start and brought his gang – Choo-Choo, Spook, Brain, Benny the Ball and Fancy-Fancy – together in a crazy adventure.

Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of Kubo, whose quiet life is shattered when a spirit from the past reignites an ancient vendetta, meaning he is chased by gods and monsters. To survive, Kubo must find a magical suit of armour that once belonged to his late father, who was a legendary Samurai warrior.

For older viewers, Bridget Jones’s Baby picks up the diarist’s story as she enters her 40s. Having split up from Mark Darcy, Bridget is single again and decides to focus on her job as a news producer. But then she meets a dashing American named Jack, who is the opposite of Darcy. But then everything changes when Bridget finds herself expecting a baby – and matters are complicated by the fact she is only 50% sure who the father is.

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.

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