Chantal Sicile-Kira on Temple Grandin: The HBO movie starring Claire Danes
Posted Jan 13 2010 12:00am
By Chantal Sicile-Kira
Temple Grandin, a world-renowned designer of livestock handling facilities and a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is arguably the world's most famous person with autism. Temple has written many books about autism, others about animals, and even more about both. Last week I called Temple (who wrote the forward to my first three books) to get her input on my latest book, 41 Things to Know About Autism. Temple told me that the long-awaited movie Temple Grandin directed by Mick Jackson is finally premiering on HBO on Saturday, February 6. The screenplay by Christopher Monger and William Merritt Johnson is based on Temple's book Thinking in Pictures, as well as Emergence by Temple Grandin and Margaret Sciariano.
For Emily Gerson Saines, executive producer, this movie has been a labor of love for nine years. A parent of a child diagnosed at three, she was given Temple's autobiography, Thinking in Pictures, by her own mother. The book became a source of inspiration for her in raising her own child.
Temple is well-known for her ability of thinking in pictures, and I was therefore curious as to how she would react to seeing her life in images created by others, not necessarily the same pictures she has in her mind about her life. Temple discussed her thoughts with me about the movie.
How much input did Temple have on the making of this movie?