Born to a British father and an Australian mother, Jack Brading has exceeded all expectations. He was diagnosed with high-functioning autism (HFA) at the tender age of four, and specialists believed that he would never cope with mainstream school.
His family believed otherwise, and in the last seven years, Jack has completed secondary school, sixth form, and gone on to graduate from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours in Screenwriting!
“I didn’t just survive mainstream school, I positively flourished. My intention was to become a stage actor, but then I became fascinated with the technical side of writing and performance. Films have inspired me since a young age, so the Screenwriting degree at Southampton Solent seemed ideal.”
Jack’s writing style is inspired by a wide variety of poets and authors, including Alan Bennett, Carol Ann Duffy, Edgar Allan Poe, and Emily Dickinson. His favourite movie genres are horror, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, comedy and historical drama.
“I draw inspiration not just from others, but from my own experiences as a gay, disabled man in the 21st century. Autism is not a choice. It is a difference to be understood, not a disease to be cured. Being gay should be treated just the same.”
Jack is currently volunteering for the Way Forward Programme, helping to enrich the lives of people on the Isle of Wight who have physical and learning disabilities. He has also started reading Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train and is looking to improve his major script/dissertation before sending it off to an agency.