Temple Grandin is a Film programme that first aired in 2010.

Temple Grandin is a 4 star programme

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Temple Grandin (2010)

Directed by
Mick Jackson

Claire Danes stars in this award-winning biopic of inspirational American academic Temple Grandin.

Diagnosed with autism at the age of four, Temple's condition hampers human interaction, but gives her a remarkable affinity with animals, and a uniquely incredible mind.

Temple's mother Eustacia (Julia Ormond) is driven to her wits' end by the students who bully her daughter and the schools that expel her, but a saviour comes in the form of Dr Carlock (David Strathairn), an encouraging professor who sees how Temple's autism provides a significant advantage in scientific thinking. His support leads to her being admitted to college against the odds, though leaving home is fraught with problems. Unable to bear being touched by other people, Temple soothes her anxiety by constructing a wooden 'hugging machine', inspired by a device used to calm cattle at her Aunt Ann's (Catherine O'Hara) ranch. With this in mind, she devises the revolutionary humane method of slaughtering cattle that would bring her to prominence.

Written by ,

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2010

4/5 Stars

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour

Made for TV


Image for Claire DanesClaire Danes...Temple Grandin
Image for Julia OrmondJulia Ormond...Eustacia
Image for David StrathairnDavid Strathairn...Dr. Carlock
Image for Catherine OCatherine O'Hara...Aunt Ann
Stephanie Faracy...Betty Goscowitz
Barry Tubb...Randy
Melissa Farman...Alice
Steve Shearer...Jeff Brown
Richard Dillard...Don Micheals
Jenna Hughes...Four-Year-Old Temple
Michael Crabtree...Uncle Mike
Image for Charles BakerCharles Baker...Billy
David Born...Professor Shanklin
Rutherford Cravens...Feedlot Guard
Matthew Posey...Ted Gilbert