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Movie Review – Shock Head Soul

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Like Mike
Like Mike

The New Zealand International Film Festival has begun, and my first film was 'Shock Head Soul'. It was introduced with a well made kiwi short film about a shocking medical practice I never knew existed in this country. I won't tell you what it is, as it will spoil the film, but check out 'In Safe Hands' if you can. The main feature though was a beautifully shot and told docudrama about an insane German judge from the 1890's who fought for his right to live his life unrestricted by asylums, as he deemed himself 'harmlessly insane' compared to 'dangerously insane'.
 
“In 1903 Daniel Paul Schreber published the most celebrated autobiography of madness 'from the inside' ever written. Shock Head Soul interleaves documentary interviews, fictional re-construction and CGI animation to portray his story.”
 
His book, and case study, went onto inspire the likes of Fraud and Jung, and in many ways, even though it was his own sickness, saw him ahead of his times in the treatment of mental illness. Great film to get the fest started with! 
 
A From Me!!!
 

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