Queenstown first to see documentary on dyslexia
Queenstowners will be the first in New Zealand to see a critically-acclaimed documentary on dyslexia by the son of actor and director Robert Redford. Aimed at increasing awareness and broadening people’s knowledge of the issue, the first public screening of the movie, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, will be held at Wakatipu High School on May 10 2013 at 7pm. Directed by Jamie Redford, the movie focuses on Jamie’s experience with his son Dylan who suffers from dyslexia and is being shown as part of the nationwide ‘‘Host a Screening’’ initiative by the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand (DFNZ). The event, held at the new Music Room, is the first of a number of planned screenings to be held in the region in conjunction with local education provider and dyslexia experts Kip McGrath Queenstown. It will be attended by acclaimed UK dyslexia expert Neil MacKay who will also host an interactive and informative question and answer session the following day (Saturday May 11 at 10am) for anyone interested in finding out more about dyslexia. Owners of Kip McGrath Queenstown Joanna Helby and Martin Wightman said the movie was an ‘‘invaluable’’ tool in helping to explain the complexities of dyslexia to teachers, parents and children. ‘‘Dyslexia is often misunderstood, and the myths and stigmas attached can confuse the issue when it comes to community understanding and support,’’ they said. ‘‘Every week we have people asking ‘‘what can I do?’’, ‘‘how can I help?’’, and ‘‘do you have something I can give my child’s teacher, my husband, my staff, my child, my students to help them understand?’’ ‘‘The Big Picture answers all these questions and more,’’ said the couple who are also teachers at Wakatipu High School. Subsequent screenings of the movie will aim to raise awareness of dyslexia in the district and will be open to the general public, teachers, parents and students. Details can be found online at www.ki- pqueenstown.com and entry is by a gold coin contribution which will go towards learning support for students with dyslexia. In 2014, Dyslexia Action Week runs from 17-23 March and focuses on advocacy.