Simon Pummell 
 Identicals   Shock Head Soul_   Bodysong   Blinded By Light   Ray Gun Fun   Rose Red   Temptation Of Sainthood   How Long Is A Minute?   Heartache   Bodysong BFI Collector's Edition 2010   Evolution 
'Shock Head Soul has weirdness, cerebral depth, and envelope-pushing style...
... A truly sui generis work, both moving and intellectually stimulating, which deserves to be seen.' Variety

'Pummell has brought the art of cinema, storytelling and the field of psychiatry together in this unique achievement that, though superficially dispassionate, is cumulatively deeply moving.' Screen International

writer and director

A feature length documentary that interleaves documentary interviews, fictional re-construction & CGI animation to portray Daniel Paul Schreber's story.

Daniel Paul Schreber was a successful lawyer who, in 1893, started to receive messages from God via a Writing Down Machine that spanned the cosmos. He spent the next nine years confined to an asylum: tortured by delusions of cosmic control, suffering the belief that his body was subjected to cruel 'miracles'. During this nine year confinement he wrote Memoirs of My Nervous Illness (1903), which has earned him lasting fame as an outsider artist, and allowed him to argue that he was sane enough to return to society.

Shock Head Soul was developed in collaboration with psychoanalyst Helen Taylor-Robinson.


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- Venice Film Festival 2011 - Orrizonti Competition
- CPH-DOX 2011
- London Film Festival 2011
- IFFRotterdam 2012
- 47th Karlovy Vary IFF 2012
- New Horizons Festival Poland 2012
- Calgary IFF 2012
- New Zealand Film Festival 2012
- Melbourne IFF 2012

Shock Head Soul is produced by Hot Property Productions UK and Submarine Productions NL, in association with Illuminations Films UK and in coproduction with Serious Film NL, and supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Netherlands Film Fund and the Rotterdam Media Fund. A research project supported by The Film Study Center at Harvard University and affiliated to the Research Centre Creating 010 Rotterdam University.