My Autistic Big Brother & Me

March 26th 2019

In collaboration with Heart and Soul Films, a BBC documentary telling the story of Mikey Kay’s autistic 47-year-old brother Spencer, who finds his peace in epic walks across the majestic, rugged Welsh terrain. For Spencer, everyday tasks can be a huge challenge, and he is unable to wash, dress or feed himself. But the moment he steps into the mountains, he becomes unstoppable. The family know the only medicine their brother actually needs is his freedom to walk in the epic landscapes of north Wales.

The film, shot over three years at their childhood home on Anglesey and in the surrounding sweeping landscapes of wild beaches and dramatic mountains, follows the family's struggle to keep that fundamental freedom so crucial to his mental wellbeing, and provides a rare insight into life with a close relative with autism. The documentary also follows the Kays’ years of battling to ensure Spencer could live as independently as possible in the community he calls home.