Exploring Diagnosis – Screening Event, Spike Island, Bristol BS1 6UX – Thursday 20 June, 1–3pm

Film Screening and Discussion with Dr Ginny Russell and Dr Jean Harrington from the University of Exeter and Jeremy Routledge and Dom Pitt from Calling the Shots

Admission free ——– Unreserved seating


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Between 2017-2019, Spike-based Calling the Shots worked with the University of Exeter to help engage artists with a diagnosis of autism with animation workshops and creative mentoring.

Artists Eddie Callis (Cornwall), Angela Weddle (Houston), James Frye (Spokane) and JA Tan (Vancouver) worked with animator and film maker Dom Pitt to learn new skills and develop their own screen based approach to storytelling.
Combining their drawings and interviews conducted by ExDx with autistic people from across the spectrum, three short films were produced.

This event will consist of a screening of the film in dispersed with a discussion of some of the themes including the effect of diagnosis and the experience of neurodiversity.

Spike Island Studios,
133 Cumberland Road,
Bristol BS1 6UX

Directions to Spike

The State of Being Different

(UK 2019, 3’37”) explores the feelings of interviewees towards being diagnosed with autism

Sometimes I Think I’m Better

(UK 2019, 3’42”) reflects on the experience of autism from inside

In My Head and Heart

(UK 2019, 3’59”) a glimpse into the motivation and approach of the artists, JA Tan, Eddie Callis, Angela Weddle


]Exploring Diagnosis is a research team based at Egenis, part of the University of Exeter in the UK.

Their research explores the role that diagnosis plays in society and in medicine, using diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder as a case study.
On the way, they aim to celebrate and value the abilities and attributes of the neurodiverse community.

Exploring Diagnosis