Speak, Memory

This film is about iatrogenic harm (illness caused by medical treatment).

Vladimir Nabokov is a writer that I greatly admire. I have just finished reading “Speak, Memory” his ‘autobiography’. Nabokov later added a pseudo-review to this entitled “On Conclusive Evidence”.

This film is me being naturally me, attempting like Nabokov, to not quite spell out (or tell) the ‘story’.

My NHS office is now the “REACT hub”. It used to be the Day Hospital before having been, for a few years at least, the “Memory Treatment Service”.

This film, other than the sickening Seroxat adverts, is based entirely upon images to be found within St John’s Hospital, Livingston. The corridors of this hospital, where I was a patient in 2005 and since 2014 have been employed as an NHS doctor, contain a wonderful array of art work.

 

I tend to dislike corridors. Corridors are generally dark and long and lead to one place.

In this film I seek to open corridors to wonder.

Music credit:
“Science Fiction” by Arctic Monkeys

Quotes:
“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Plath

Audio (that begins and ends this film):
Radio 4: Future Proofing, Radio 4, Timandra Harkness and Leo Johnson

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