The Gate Cinema Midleton proudly presents inspiring documentary ‘This is Nicholas – Living With Autism Spectrum Disorder’, followed by Q&A session with Nicholas himself


On Wednesday, March 13th at 6.30pm, the Gate Cinema Midleton will be showing the documentary, ‘’This is Nicholas – Living With Autism Spectrum Disorder’, followed by a live Q&A session, with Nicholas himself.

‘This is Nicolas’ premiered at the NYC Mental Health Film Festival, Manhattan last October from documentary maker Nicholas Ryan-Purcell. Having produced, shot, and edited the documentary himself, Nicholas provides us with a deep insight into what life with Asperger’s is like. This documentary tells the story of an individual’s own journey of living with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) but also depression, brought on by an early childhood trauma. 

Nicholas Ryan-Purcell was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, aged 13.  He was also faced with mental health challenges, brought on by an early childhood trauma which triggered a lengthy depression. Nicholas overcame a series of obstacles to complete his Leaving Certificate and then undertake and graduate from a three-year course in TV Production at Ballyfermot College Dublin.

Now aged 28, Nicholas’s mental health challenges are a thing of the past.  He has made this documentary to chronicle his experience of living with Asperger Syndrome and depression and to celebrate the invaluable support of his family, his teachers and his neighbours in the village of Emly, Co. Tipperary.

The Gate screened ‘This is Nicholas’ at their North Main Street, Cork City cinema on January 29th and received a phenomenal response.

Now they’re showing it in their sister cinemas, both in Midleton (March 13th at 6.30pm) and in Mallow (Wednesday, March 20th).

Tickets for ‘This is Nicholas’ are available from