Watch The UK Trailer For Sundance Hit The Reason I Jump


Could you go through life not talking at all? For many people including myself that would be mission impossible take into consideration someone who has autism and particular non speaking autism.

Following it’s three nominations at the British Independent Film Awards this morning (Best Documentary, Best Sound and Best Music), Picturehouse Entertainment have released the UK Trailer for The Reason I Jump. Jerry Rothwell‘s wonderful documentary will be one of the best docs you’ll see. It’s been picking up awards and nominations since it’s world premiere at Sundance earlier this year.

A film that will immerse you in the experiences an examining autism through the eyes of a young boy. Thanks to the words of Naoki Higashida’s best selling book which he wrote when he was 13. An revelatory window into the intimate sensory world…

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

Acutely observed moments in the lives of each of the characters are connected by passages from Naoki’s writing, in which a young Japanese boy journeys through an epic landscape, gradually discovering what his autism means to him, how his perception of the world differs, and why he acts in the way he does: the reason he jumps.

The film distils these elements into a sensually rich tapestry that leads us to Naoki’s core message: not being able to speak does not mean there is nothing to say.

Picturehouse Entertainment are set to release Jerry Rothwell’s The Reason I Jump into UK and Irish cinemas in 2021, exact date still to be confirmed.