Although Asperger’s syndrome is a key theme in ‘Bleach’, that is not what the film is about; what we are trying to convey through our characters, played by Jason Wing and Ayvianna Snow, is how the syndrome does not define you as an individual.
Despite the fact that both our characters are diagnosed with the syndrome, they remain completely different to one another, in terms of individuality, personality, physique, and body language. When it comes to Asperger’s, many have a certain opinion formed that it is something preventing an individual from everyday aspects of life, all social, emotional and physical.
This is why we want to raise awareness to what it actually is- the syndrome does not define your individuality, it is not something that is a burden to your life. Here, we have made a list of famous, accomplished individuals who are known to have all the symptoms of Asperger’s.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock- British film director, from Leyton (same location as the setting of ‘Beach’!), known as the mastermind behind works such asVertigo and Psycho, ultimately directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades, from the silent film era, through the invention of talkies, to the color era. Being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome definitely did not prevent him from becoming one of the world’s most renowned directors.
The ‘King of Pop’, an American musician and one of the most commercially successful and influential entertainers of all time. A prominent figure in pop culture for over four decades. Although never confirmed, it has been said that Jackson has shown strong signs of the syndrome- often seen as shy, with difficulty relating to many people.
Three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian and playwright. Known for works such as Annie Hall, Manhattan, Café Society, A Midnight in Paris– the list goes on. Diagnosed with the syndrome, he is also one of the most respected and prolific filmmakers in the modern era. Allen has commented the following in interviews: “I am a neurotic in a more benign way. I mean I have a lot of neurotic habits”.
German-born theoretical physicist, 1921 Noble Prize winner, for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. One of the world’s most renowned scientific discoveries.
An English female novelist, a key figure within the Victorian Era of English Literature, both being female and evidently diagnosed with Asperger’s, is today known as the author behind world famous literary works such as Pride and Prejudice and Emma.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Known as Michelangelo, a world renowned Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer. One of the, if not the most, influential Renaissance artists ever- known to have been diagnosed with Asperger’s.
American author and professor of Biochemistry- known for his works of science fiction and popular science until this day.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
German composer and virtuoso pianist- a crucial figure within transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western classical music, was both death and diagnosed with Asperger’s- remains one of the most influential and respected music composers of all times.
And the list goes on; Henry Ford, Gary Newman, Mark Twain, George Orwell, and many, many more. This said, Asperger’s syndrome is not something that defies anyone as individuals- it does not stop anybody from accomplishing great things, it does not put you into a specific category- something we are trying to portray through ‘Bleach’.
Thank you for reading and stay tuned! We have some great things coming for you!