We hope that many of you got a chance on Saturday to see Temple Grandin, HBO’s movie on renowned expert in humane livestock handling. Grandin was portrayed impeccably by Claire Danes. And the film really was a gift in its portrayal of Grandin’s unique character and superior contributions both to the cattle industry and to our understanding of autism.
In case you missed it, here’s the HBO trailer:
And here’s a fantastic Behind-the-Scenes clip.
Most of the reviews we’ve found so far all laud the film. Thanks to Beef Magazine’s Amanda Nolz for collecting some of those reviews:
Not for nothing is “Temple Grandin” a more enlightened slaughterhouse movie than the ones Hollywood has made before, movies that usually make you want to turn vegan. Temple, who teaches at Colorado State University, is no traditional animal rights activist; she designs better slaughterhouses because it makes sense. “We raise them for us. That means we owe them our respect,” she says.
-Hank Stuever, Washington Post
Claire Danes is revelatory as Temple Grandin animal behaviorist, best-selling author, autistic and expert in autism. This is a fascinating movie and I learned so much about this woman and about autism. Temple did not speak until she was four and if not for her mother would have probably ended up spending her life in an institution. What a loss that would have been. I was riveted in many ways by the film especially the scenes about how Grandin related to animals, especially cows. I couldn’t believe it when I learned that she has designed over 50% cattle slaughterhouses in the country and they are all designed to promote humane treatment of the animals.
-Melissa Silverstein, The Huffington Post
Whatever reluctance you might have to watch a two-hour movie on autism will vanish as Claire Danes draws you into the character of Temple Grandin. Danes’ Grandin, a real-life autistic woman now in her 60s, isn’t always easy to watch. But that’s part of what sets “Temple Grandin” apart from many movies and documentaries on issues like autism. Not for a second does Danes get sentimental or permit the viewer to feel sorry for Temple. As her mother says, she is “different but not less.”
-David Hinckley, New York Daily News
It’s such an inspiring story, and Dr. Grandin deserves the accolades. In proving the business case for and scientific possibility of humane livestock treatment, she’s helped to bring immense progress and integrity to the field.
Drovers had A Chat with Temple Grandin over the weekend to discuss the film. It’s well worth a read. In particular, Dr. Grandin explains some of the current work she’s doing, working with packers and producers developing and implementing a system for auditing, assessing, and continually updating their animal-handling practices.