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Scene from Dina

Scene from Dina

Double bill films about autism

The Electric Palace, the independent cinema in the heart of Hastings Old Town has joined forces with East Sussex charity, Care for the Carers and local arts organisation, Project Art Works to create a special double bill film event, featuring the new film, DINA alongside short film, THE MASK on Sunday 1 April at 8pm.

As part of its support for Care for the Carers, Electric Palace Cinema invites unpaid carers to apply for pairs of free tickets to attend the screening, alongside the person they care for. There are three pairs of free tickets available, so act quickly! To apply, email

‘The Mask’: a short film about autism

Esther Springett from Hastings-based Project Art Works will be at the screening to introduce The Mask, an award-winning short film about autism and identity, featuring writer and director Sharif Persaud. As he journeys along a coastal footpath, Sharif describes what it means to have autism while all the time wearing his favourite celebrity mask (hint, Al Murray fans will enjoy this film!). He finally arrives at his destination where he comes face to face with his alter-ego.


The Mask


Grand Jury winner at Sundance Film Festival 2017, this real-life romantic comedy follows Dina Buno and Scott Levin, both on the autistic spectrum, as they prepare for their upcoming wedding. They negotiate the usual bumps in a relationship including moving in together, occasional black moods and misunderstandings. It’s a film that blossoms with beauty and tenderness, finding wry humour in the banal, creating an uplifting celebration of human connection — not just in a romantic sense, but in terms of the friends and family who don’t just tolerate, but really love us at our most frustrating and flawed.

For general bookings for the screening, you can book online at the Electric Palace website.

Access: Please note the cinema is not accessible for wheelchairs.

About Care for the Carers

Care for the Carers is the Carers Centre for East Sussex and an independent charity supporting unpaid carers across the county. The charity provides free practical and emotional advice and a range of services such as counselling, support groups and training.

Background information about proposed East Sussex County Council cuts to carers services:

Who are carers? A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Project Art Works

Project Art Works explores and promotes new practical and philosophical approaches to the meaningful involvement of people who have complex impairments in visual art activity that finds its way into mainstream programming and is of exceptional quality in its concept, aesthetic and production.
· Based in Hastings, UK Project Art Works collaborates on a wide range of regional and national projects. Its work aspires to excellence in contemporary visual art and is uniquely positioned to bridge the social care and cultural sectors in ways that promote sustainable relationships and bring people with complex needs into the heart of social and cultural life.

Book tickets for Dina and The Mask double bill. 

Posted 06:28 Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 In: Film

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