In November last year, Sia released the official date for her directorial debut film, Music.
Among many responses, there was an underlying theme of criticism towards Sia by both the internet and critics alike. The criticism largely being towards her decision to cast a neurotypical individual to play the role of a person on the spectrum.
According to Rolling Stone Australia, the film sees Maddie Ziegler portraying the role title character, Music, who is a nonverbal autistic person who is set to be taken care of her recently sober sister, Zu, who is played by Kate Hudson.
When it came to the criticisms, Sia was anything but silent, hitting back at many of them.
Via Twitter, Sia explained why she chose to work with Maddie Ziegler and that she initially attempted to work with an autistic actor. She said, “I actually tried working with a a beautiful young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful. So that’s why I cast Maddie.”
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sia also revealed that the film was viewed by Child Mind Institute, where it received 100% approval from people with autism, caregivers and studiers of the brain.
Despite the seemingly never-ending backlash for the film, it’s still due to release this year and Sia only wishes that everyone could’ve watched the movie before they passed their judgements. As she stated on Twitter.
“I cast thirteen neuroatypical [sic] people, three trans folk, and not as fucking prostitutes or drug addicts but s [sic] as doctors, nurses and singers.Fucking sad nobody’s even seen the dang movie. My heart has always been in the right place.”
Now that we’re even closer to the release date, Sia has released another trailer for the film, this time coming in at double the length of the original.
This second and most recent trailer shares further insight into the lives of the main characters, as well as showing more of the plot’s storyline.