"Incredibly moving. A must watch." - The Guardian. ★★★★★
Owen Susikind was a thriving , lively child who suddenly and inexplicably went silent at the age of three. For years after Owen remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires.
Owen's parent tried everything they could to communicate with their son, but nothing worked, until they found a way to immerse themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Over time, through repeated viewings of Disney classics like THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE LION KING, Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to re-connect with the world around him.
LIFE, ANIMATED is an emotional, inspirational coming-of-age story that follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.
LIFE, ANIMATED is not relased in the UK until December, but after we fell in love with the film at the Sundance London festival earlier this year we convinced the distributor to a let us show it to at Doc Club a few months early.
As this is our tenth Doc Club event, and we're fans of round numbers we wanted to buy you all a drink to celebrate.
So after our screening of Life, Animated there'll be drinks on us for you to enjoy as you watch the sun go down across Bermondsey Square.
Shortwave is a 52 seat independent cinema and cafe bar based in Bermondsey, less than 10 minutes walk from London Bridge and Borough tube stations. They have an extensive range at the bar, including locally brewed gems from the Kernel Brewery, Partizan Brewing and Brew By Numbers, pizzas courtesy of Elephantastic, and even the ice cream is made just around the corner by The Ice Cream Union.