Jo Worgan column

Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.
Guardian columnist Jo Worgan.
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Well on Sunday it was Vue Cinema’s Autism Friendly Screening (AFS) of Pudsey the Dog: The Movie, the dog from the final of Britain’s Got Talent.

I had promised to take Tom as he had seen the trailer and loved it, he loves dogs. So anyway, this meant that Tom had been asking to go all week; he even wanted to go on Saturday morning and I had a hard time in persuading him that it was not on.

Anyway, we went along on Sunday morning after many hours of him asking, “Is it time to get ready?”

I have to say that once again the AFS was an enjoyable experience.

We arrived and purchased our tickets and popcorn (coffee for me) and made our way to screen 5.

The real joy of these screenings is that you can sit anywhere but with Tom, he always funnily enough, chooses the same seat.

He sits right at the very top, in the middle seat.

However, once sat you do not have to stay sat in your seat. You are free to walk around if you so wish. Well, Tom has never done this before but when the film started to play pop music, he got up and started to dance first along the aisle where we were sat and then up and down the steps.

Luckily no one else was sat next to us so he was not disturbing anyone, but I do know that if people had been sat there, I really don’t think that they would have minded.

These performances are all very relaxed.

You can take in your own food, the sound is dimmed and there is also very soft lighting, the whole atmosphere is relaxed.

There is also a lovely member of staff present in case you need them.

So, we sat for an hour and half and enjoyed the film. At the very end, he turned to me and said, “I love it, I love Pudsey!”

So we shall see what next month’s film and I will probably take Tom along again if it is age appropriate and something he will enjoy.

Autism Friendly Screenings at Vue cinema Lancaster are on the last Sunday of every month at 10am. Details of AFS and a social story that accompanies the film can be found at