A Different Kind of Boy

Ulrik Wivel, Denmark, 2013

54 min.DK/Documentary

Alexander is autistic. The film opens on his 18th birthday, where he is surrounded by his mother, step dad, older brother and a handful of friends of the family. During the course of a speech given by his mother, it becomes evident that Alexander faces a new beginning in life. The mother informs us that Alexander has moved from one sheltered housing for autists to another, where he has his own little flat and where, for the first time ever, he is to live with a greater degree of independency. She mentions that Alexander has a job now, where he is reportedly doing very well. She speaks to Alexander of her pride. Meanwhile, Alexander is watching his hands under the table, spinning a small, Danish paper flag between his fingers. After the birthday song and the accompanying cheers, Alexander politely excuses himself and walks to an adjacent room. His long, delicate silhouette is visible in front of the TV screen, playing Guitar Hero. So are millions of other kids all over the world, but here is Alexander, now 18, on his way into life as an adult.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title En anderledes dreng
Danish title En anderledes dreng
Keywords Young people, Autism, Families, Travels
Director Ulrik Wivel
Producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Director of Photography Ulrik Wivel
Editor Julius Krebs Damsbo
Composer TBA
Production country Denmark
Production company Barok Film
Danish festival release 07.11.2013
TV release 02.04.2014, DR 2
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Barok Film
With support from DR, Det Danske Filminstitut


Direction Ulrik Wivel
Consultant Arne Bro
Consultant Anne Regitze Wivel
Consultant Mikala Krogh
Consultant Janus Billeskov Jansen
Consultant Rebekka Jørgensen
Consultant Trine Uhrskov


Producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Post-producton coordinator Søren Green
Producer's assistant Simone Staack Hedelund
Production assistant Mie Gradert Thomsen
Production assistant Marie Myhre
Production assistant Carlo H. E. Agostoni
Production assistant Sissel Morrell Dargis
Production assistant Irene Wivel


Cinematographer Ulrik Wivel


Editor Julius Krebs Damsbo
Trailer editor Frederik Strunk


Composer TBA


Sound: post-production Lars Halvorsen
Sound mixer Lars Halvorsen
Foley artist Heikki Kossi
Foley recordist Hannu Karppinen
Sound engineer: Vig Festival Rasmus Damsgaard

Visual effects

Graphic design Frederik Bokkenheuser
Online Frederik Bokkenheuser
Colourist Frederik Bokkenheuser
Poster artwork Paul Wilson

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Toronto, Hot Docs Int. Documentary Festival 2014-04-24
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