I will always support indie film makers and particularly those that have a message, a passion or a motivation to share regardless of the budget. For me, this is what really makes a piece of cinema and it isn’t all expensive CGI, famous actors and high budgets. It’s the mere concept which the film is based upon. Jordan’s Cake is a short film created for the submission to the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge competition, run by an organisation who pride themselves on enabling filmmakers, with and without disabilities, the opportunity to tell their unique stories and show disability in a way that you probably have never seen before.
Just under five minutes long, yet in the short time of Jordan’s Cake, I can already say that I have a completely different view of what it’s like to live with a disability, and it may well be one of the most eye-opening shorts I’ve ever come to witness. I’ll swallow my own humility and admit that the depth of the concept was almost beyond me, which shows a lot about the misconceptions and the lack of understanding of autism today.
Whilst to some it may appear that Jordan’s Cake was just a child looking for a simple comfort, the narrative of the short was designed to demonstrate that children with autism do understand and share some of our world despite spending a good majority of time in their own worlds, and having different ways of thinking and communicating. Although Jordan’s verbal skills are limited in the short, he understands what is happening around him and is keen to help his family through their financially rocky period. His repeated demands for chocolate cake are indicative of more than just a sweet tooth, his request for cake is his way of leading his sister to the solution of the family’s problems in an all-round genius twist.
There’s a beautiful ‘the universe has your back’ mentality behind the feature, as shown when Jordan successfully coaxes his sister to the bakery which he knows is hiring. In short, Jordan’s Cake is a message of hope to families with children on the spectrum, which also has the potential to completely challenge the contemporary misconceptions of children with autism. I know I learned a thing or two.
Check out Jordan’s Cake via the joys of YouTube
Find out more about the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge by heading over to their website