Actress Claire Danes will be playing in an upcoming HBO film the role of Temple Grandin, known for revolutionizing slaughterhouse design. Despite suffering from autism, Grandin managed to earn advanced degrees in agricultural science.
The film looks at Grandin´s life as a teen on a cattle farm owned by her aunt and uncle, where her attention is focused on understanding what causes cows´ moods to change and how they move. Catherine O´Hara plays her mother, Eustacia.
At one point, Grandin gets on all fours and tries a contraption meant to calm bulls while being inoculated, and learns what hugging means since autism makes all physical contact with others undesirable. This inspires her to build one for herself.