Monday, October 15The Voice of London

Netflix to Release an Asperger’s Documentary

We all think living with person with autism is hard. But how many of us really know anything about the disease? Or know anyone with it?

Reporter: Natalia Sokolowska | Sub-Editor: Martina Di Gregorio

All four members of Asperger’s Are Us, a sketch troupe, have autism spectrum. Noah Britton, Ethan Finlan, Jack Hanke and New Michael Ingemi have been performing together since 2010 and are about to finish their journey.

The documentary shows them preparing for the stand-up show. They have been performing together for six years and their goal is to make people laugh proving that disabilities don’t define you.

Mark Duplass, the producer, said “It’s fascinating how self-aware they are. Because they’re in a generation where Asperger’s is known. They know who they are. They’re aware of who they are. They play with that, and they own that. And there’s a confidence in that that makes me able to laugh freely without thinking that I’m making fun of them or joking, because they’re owning that in that self-aware way that all the great comedians own.”

The documentary will be available on Netflix next month, but will be available on iTunes on November 15. Catch the the trailer here:

Another Netflix show covering autism spectrum, Atypical, has just been set for production later this year with the premiere in 2017.

This eight-episode series stars Keir Gilchrist as Sam and Jennifer Jason Leigh as his mother. The main character, Sam, is a teenager looking for acceptance and love.

None of the actors are on the autism spectrum, which leaves people wondering- how reliable will it be?

Two of the above will join a list of 38 already available autism-related films.