The Party is a new virtual reality film and 360 degree film that allows people to experience the world through the eyes of someone with autism. Lucy Hawking developed the concept for the film and worked with the Guardian and writer Sumita Majumdar, who drew on her own experiences as a person with autism in similar social situations. Throughout the film, viewers hear Layla’s thoughts, voiced by the autistic teenager Honey Jones. The storyline was developed after extensive focus groups and interviews with people on the autism spectrum as well as with input from the National Autistic Society, the Autism Research Trust and the University of Cambridge Autism Research Centre.
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