Based on the famous book Memoirs of My Nervous Illness from German judge Daniel Paul Schreber, Simon Pummell’s feature Shock Head Soul depicts Schreber’s ‘madness from the inside’ through the combined use of live action, expert interviews and animation. Simon and I discussed transmedia and blurring film disciplines into a cohesive whole over tea at the London Film Festival.

Shock Head Soul (2011)

Daniel Paul Schreber is sent to an asylum when he claims God is sending him messages. He believes that God wants him to become a woman to save the world and that he should be set free as a matter of religious freedom.

Filmmaking’s become one of those things you can dream about even if you’re from outside the magic circle.

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