Ali, the star of our new too much information film.Marketing Manager, Lauren Roden, talks about ‘Take a minute’, the latest Too Much Information film that puts you in the spotlight.

Why did we make ‘Take a minute’?

In our survey, more than 7,000 autistic people and their families told us that they wanted the public to understand that autistic people might need extra time to process information.

They ask me the question in another way, so then I have two questions to deal with instead of one. They think that I didn't understand the question, rather than just needing more time, so they try to help me understand by asking again in a different way, but it doesn't help.

Survey respondent

You may have seen 12-year-old Holly showing what overload from lack of processing time feels like in our ‘Make it stop’ film, which has already been seen by over 5.6 million people. It’s hard not to feel for Holly as she is overwhelmed by the questions, comments and information around her.

With our new film, ‘Take a minute’, we wanted to take it even further. To build empathy and understanding even more, we wanted to put the viewer at the centre of the overload by bombarding them with questions – so they can get an even stronger sense of what not being given enough processing time might be like.

Small changes can make a big difference, and by giving autistic people the time they need to process information, we can all help to reduce the overload.

As you’ll see in ‘Take a minute’, the gameshow host piles question upon question, without giving you any time to think about the answer. Eventually, this turns into a confusing babble of overlapping voices and the subtitles jumble between the current and previous questions. By the end, it’s impossible to process anything being said and makes you feel panicked and lost.

We know that this is what day-to-day life can be like for many autistic people, when those around them don’t give them enough time to process information.  But we know that small changes can make a big difference and that by giving autistic people the time they need to process information, we can all help to reduce the overload.

Which small change will you make to help reduce the overload?

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The film shoot

The film was shot on the same day as the ‘Make it stop’ film, with our actor, Ali, taking centre stage as our game show host for ‘Take a Minute’. Here are a couple of photos from the shoot. A big thank you to everyone who has been involved in this film!

Ali, the star of our TMI film, gets ready to deliver his lines

Ali gets ready to deliver his questions on the big day.

Behind the scenes of our Take a minute game show

Behind the scenes of our 'Take a minute' game show.

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