Shock Head Soul

  • 86'
  • Netherlands
  • 2011
Daniel Paul Schreber had spent nine years in a psychiatric clinic when, in 1903, he published Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken. His book is still regarded as the most famous autobiography ‘written from the inside’ about schizophrenia, paranoia and megalomania. Schreber believed that he was in contact with God through the Writing-Down Machine, a precursor to the typewriter, and that only his transformation into a woman could save the world.
Schreber’s notes are the most important source for this experimental portrait of the British crossover filmmaker Simon Pummell (Bodysong) who, in an original, challenging way, mixes documentary, fiction and animation. Interviews with psychoanalysts, dressed in fin de siècle suits, are juxtaposed with fragments from Schreber’s prose, his typewriter floating through space like a glowing planet, and performances by the Dutch actor Hugo Koolschijn, who portrays Schreber as crazy and tormented and equally convinced of himself.


Director
Simon Pummell
Countries of production
Netherlands, United Kingdom
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
86'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Janine Marmot, Femke Wolting, Bruno Felix, Keith Griffiths, Marc Thelosen
Production Companies
Hot Property Films, Submarine Channel, Illuminations Films, seriousFilm
Sales
Autlook Filmsales GmbH
Cinematography
Reinier Van Brummelen
Editor
Tim Roza
Production Design
Rosie Stapel
Sound Design
Bart Jilesen
Music
Roger Goula
Cast
Thom Hoffman, Anniek Pheifer
Local Distributor
Cinema Delicatessen
Website
http://www.shockheadsoul.com