View Movie Trailer, Claire Dane’s Amazing Performance!

Posted on February 24, 2010

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“I think spinning and rolling is good…hugging a person is scary but rolling is comforting”

“Nature is cruel and we don’t have to be…”

“I don’t want my thoughts to die with me…I want to have done something”

These are just a few quotes taken from the HBO Movie, Temple Grandin.

Claire Dane beautifully translates Temple Grandin’s rough, brilliant and relentless pursuit of betterment. Dane is captivating, to the point of forgetting she is even Claire Dane. Trust me you don’t want to miss this performance.

Who is Temple Grandin?

Grandin is considered a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. Both movements commonly cite her work regarding animal welfare, neurology, and philosophy. She knows all too well the anxiety of feeling threatened by everything in her surroundings, and of being dismissed and feared, which motivates her in her quest to promote humane livestock handling processes. Her business website has entire sections on how to improve standards in slaughter plants and livestock farms. In 2004 she won a “Proggy” award, in the “visionary” category, from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Temple Grandin's, Curved Race Cattle Corral, most noted invention

Not interested? Don’t let the biography fool you.

She currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado and a professor at Colorado State. Based on personal experience, Grandin advocates early intervention to address autism, and supportive teachers who can direct fixations of the autistic child in fruitful directions. She has described her hypersensitivity to noise and other sensory stimuli. She claims she is a primarily visual thinker and has said that language is her second language.

The ‘Hug Machine’ – She regularly takes anti-depressants and uses a squeeze-box (hug machine) as a form of stress relief therapy. Don’t laugh at the “hug machine” by the end of the movie, you will be searching amazon for one. Despite this anxiety, she has stated that, “If I could snap my fingers and become nonautistic I would not do so. Autism is part of who I am.”

In closing, the movie has a quote-worthy theme…

“A door opened and I walked through it”

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