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Autism awareness film to premiere in Stoke on Trent

A short film about an autism campaigner's childhood in Stoke-on-Trent will be premiered in the city tonight.

‘Twin Brothers, Worlds Apart’ tells the story of Kevin Healey and his brother Shaun growing up with autism in the 1980s, and the struggles their family faced.

The brothers did not get a diagnosis when they were children, with their parents told Shaun had a severe non-verbal form of the condition when he was 18, and Kevin found out he had Aspergers at the relatively late age of 26.

Their experience has already been depicted in a book, but Kevin was determined that he wanted to raise awareness of the challenges and realities of the condition with a larger audience.

He has spent several years trying to get a film made, before teaming up with producer Andrew Dobosz, who also who has Aspergers.

Filming took place in the Potteries last year, with local actors recruited for the roles.

It will get its premiere in the city tonight at a private screening for cast and crew.

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