Our Too Much Information film ‘Make it Stop’ has been named the Charity Film of the Year at the annual Charity Film Awards! This is a huge honour and means so much to us all. We hope it will lead to even more people see the film and help them to understand autism and autistic people better.

A huge thank you from all of us at The National Autistic Society to everyone who helped make this possible – all the talented people who helped make the film, especially our autistic star Holly, the director Tomas (from Knucklehead) and the Don’t Panic team, as well as everyone who liked, shared or commented on social media and, of course, all of you who voted too.

The film was released in March 2017 as part of our Too Much Information campaign and during World Autism Awareness Week. It follows Holly’s character on a single day, showing how overwhelming everyday situations can be when autistic people aren’t given enough time to process information. The film went viral, being watched over five million times in the days after it launched and 6.2 million time in total.

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We thought it would be interesting to hear from some of the key people involved and to hear their reaction to the news:

Holly, the star of our film, said: “Making the film was the most amazing thing that I have done in my life.

“I feel really proud that ‘Make It Stop’ won the ‘Charity Film of the Year’ award. Winning makes me feel like autism is not a bad thing; hopefully this will inspire other autistic people to be more confident about who they are. I think winning the award is really good because it can make more people aware of autism.”

Holly with her family

Jo, Holly’s mum, said: “I was thrilled to learn that ‘Make It Stop’ had won the ‘Charity Film of the Year’ award.

“This award recognises the talented people who made the film, Holly’s accurate portrayal of experiencing delayed processing and the potential impact the film has on the viewer. I am incredibly proud of Holly for putting herself forward and exposing her vulnerabilities in the hope of helping others like herself.

“Charity films, like ‘Make it Stop’, are a superb way to raise awareness and improve understanding of people with hidden disabilities.”

 

 

Tom Purser, Head of Campaigns, at The National Autistic Society, said: “Almost everyone has heard of autism now. But a much smaller number of people understand what it actually means to be autistic, the difficulties people on the autism spectrum can face, and their strengths too. We set out to change this with our Too Much Information campaign and this film, to transform public understanding of autism. 

“It’s a huge honour to win this award and to see how much the film has resonated with autistic people, their families and the wider public.

“A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the film, all the people who liked, shared and commented on the film and to all of you who voted for the film. Most of all, I want to thank Holly, her mum Jo and their family. We were so lucky to find Holly to star in this film. Not only is she an incredibly talented actor but she’s very passionate about increasing public understanding of autism and was never daunted by starring in such a big national campaign. Holly has a very bright future ahead of her.

“I hope this award will help the film and campaign reach new people – we want to encourage people to think differently about autism and be more understanding towards autistic people.

“A basic understanding of autism could transform the lives of autistic people and their families, allowing them to go to shops, the cinema, and work in the way other people take for granted.”

 

 

Find out more about autism and the small things we can all do to make the world a more autism-friendly place by visiting our TMI homepage.