Brynjar in the news
ICELAND - Guðni Th. Jóhannesson President of Iceland
"It is a brilliant film, made with care, and will undoubtedly be useful in our path to protecting and respecting the diversity of society, allowing people to flourish on their own terms, and helping those who for some reason need help. Yours sincerely Guðni Th. Jóhannesson,"
USA - Chris Woolsey Senior Manager, PR, and Marketing | CRACKLE PLUS
"I wanted to let you know that I watched the documentary today and words cannot describe how touched I was by Brynjar Karls' story. The film is not only masterfully told, but done so with more heart and skill than I ever thought possible. I think his story of courage and perseverance is a perfect match for our company's DNA as we strive to not only entertain but more so to encourage. I think your son's film is precisely the kind of story that the world needs right now and the exact type of content our audience responds to."
GERMANY - Andreas Croonenbroeckautismus verstehen
"I just wanted to let you know that I watched your film last night and I have to say that it’s absolutely brilliant! It’s one of the best things I’ve seen about autism ever. It’s life-affirming, educational, inspiring and it needs to be seen by as many people as possible! I hope you’ll be able to show your film around the world and help people understanding autism."
Hello, I'm Brynjar Karl, also known as “Brynjar the LEGO Titanic builder”. My story went viral when I decided, at the age of ten, to build a 6.33-metre-long scale replica of the Titanic, for which I needed over 56,000 LEGO bricks. I reached out to the public with a video requesting crowdfunding to finance the cost of the LEGO bricks, and from there the international media followed my building progress all the way to the finish line. It took me 11 months to build his model, and the challenges I faced during the building process ultimately had a hugely positive impact on me. However, it was after the building was complete that my transformation truly began. Now I use my story to raise awareness about autism and try my best to shed a positive light on my brothers and sisters on the spectrum.
The documentary "How the Titanic became my lifeboat" is based on a true story about an Icelandic boy called Brynjar Karl and how his fascination with Titanic became his lifeline to independence. Brynjar’s story began with an insatiable desire to escape the limitations of autism and become a part of the expressive, vibrant world around him. His fascination with Titanic pointed the way, his untapped talents set wheels in motion. While there is no cure for autism, there are ways to challenge it. The film explores those possibilities with Brynjar and other young people who share their experiences being on the autism spectrum and how their talent elevated them. Brynjar has become an important advocate for young people on the autism spectrum calling after acceptance and inclusion in the school systems and workplaces for people on the spectrum.