Release Date: 13th December 2005
Director: Kenneth Glenaan
Writer: Sandy Welch
Producer: Deborah Jones
Executive Producer: Laura Mackie & Richard Stokes
Runtime: 1hr 25mins
Inspired by the real life story of Jacui Jackson, whose family feature in the 2003 documentary My Family and Autism, Magnificent 7 is about Maggi, a mother of seven children – three ‘normal’ daughters and four autistic sons – and their extraordinary life.
I’ve always been attracted by eccentrics or differences in people and I really liked the whole message of it’s alright to be different. [The film] is actually a celebration of all the kids and their differences and what they like. It’s the scrapbook of a year in the life of this eccentric family and it sets out to enchant, not to depress.
I couldn’t have done [the film] if Jacqui hadn’t been so generous with her time. I went up to visit her and the kids. They were all so down to earth, I could feel as soon as I walked in that she’s a great home-maker, and there are these other people, waifs and strays, that she adopts because she’s a natural mother.
When you hear of her situation you think immediately of words like harassed and careworn, but Jacqui confounds every expectation. She’s very sexy, unbelievably vivid and vital, very bright, very quick, has a great sense of humour and she’s quirky. She’s not a conformist and she’s brought up her children with the message that it’s alright to be you. She doesn’t seek to change her children, but she does seek to change the world
Helena Bonham Carter…as Maggi Jackson
Thomas Redford…as Curtis Jackson
Christopher Parkinson…as Christopher Jackson
Joshua Thurston…as Davey Jackson
Polly Thompson…as Rebekah Jackson
Holliday Grainger…as Louise Jackson
Anna Sainsbury…as Elizabeth Jackson