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In the Real: Film Screening and Discussion
Thu 23 March 2017, 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
For the past 3 years, filmmaker and psychoanalyst Conor McCormack has documented the Bristol Hearing Voices Network – a self-help group for people who hear voices and have other unusual experiences.
The result of this collaboration is In the Real, a 59 min observational documentary film which goes right to the heart of the voice-hearing experience. Who, or what, are the voices that only these men can hear? What do they say and what do they mean? And how does hearing voices transform their sense of self and world?
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Conor McCormack (filmmaker), Don and Errol (Bristol Hearing Voices Network), and Angela Woods (Co-Director of Hearing the Voice).
Conor McCormack is a director and writer known for his powerful, socially engaged filmmaking, including the BIFA nominated documentary Christmas with Dad and the West Bank based docudrama Seven Stones. In 2011 he approached the Bristol Hearing Voices Network with a view to undertaking a film project that would help him learn more about experiences of voice hearing. The results of this fruitful collaboration are a Radio 4 drama, The Shining Heart, transmitted in May 2014 as part of the stations Original British Dramatists season, and In the Real.
Dr Angela Woods is an interdisciplinary medical humanities researcher working at the intersection of cultural theory, philosophy and literary studies. She is the Co-Director of Hearing the Voice, a three-year interdisciplinary study of voice-hearing funded by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities.