Professor Temple Grandin, who teaches Animal Science at Colorado State University, is considered the leading American specialist for the design of commercial animal husbandry facilities – and she is autistic. US cable network HBO has made a film of the incredible story of the now 63-year-old’s life. At the time of Grandin’s birth, autism was a largely unexplored condition. Only her mother’s dedicated commitment saved the girl from being institutionalized and ensured that her special talents were supported. Grandin’s exceptional gifts: decidedly visual thinking and an intuitive grasp of animals’ experiences. Grandin writes in her autobiography that she sees greater value in facts and results than in emotions. The creators of this biopic respect her point of view: leaving out all false sentimentality, they still tell a touching story, largely owing to Claire Danes in the title role. The 31-year-old’s acting has never been better: from gestures to the tone and choice of words, she delivers a pitch-perfect impersonation of the quirks and mannerisms of her character. Nominated for 15 and winner of seven Emmy Awards.
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Selected filmography Mick Jackson
THE AGE OF UNCERTAINITY (1977), A VERY BRITISH COUP (1988), L.A. STORY (1991), THE BODYGUARD (1992), TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE (1999), LIVE FROM BAGHDAD (2002), NUMBERS (2005), IN JUSTICE (2006)