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The Bristol Hearing Voices Network acts as a unique self help group for people who have experienced hearing voices or other unusual occurrences. Across three years, psychoanalyst and filmmaker Conor McCormack documented the lives and activities of people in the group, which has resulted in his new observational documentary, In The Real. Rather than putting a slant on the issue or commenting on the experiences of those who have heard voices, it asks the audience to explore the lives of those who are suffering from the experiences and asks questions about the phenomena. Who or what are the voices? Why can only these people hear them? Most importantly, how does hearing these voices transform perceptions of the world and how the people see themselves?

The complex and insightful film was supported both financially and creatively by Hearing the Voice, an interdisciplinary research project based at Durham University and funded by the Wellcome Trust. The study aims to help provide a better understanding of the lives of those who hear voices, something that In The Real will help to highlight to a wider audience. The screening at the Tyneside Cinema next week marks the première of the film, in which the cinema will also be hosting a complimentary wine reception and a panel discussion featuring experts and some of the subjects of the documentary about the issues raised in the film. Members of Hearing Voices Groups can also attend the film for free.

In The Real is set to be a fascinating and non-judgemental insight into the lives of those who can hear what others can’t.

In The Real screens at the Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle on Tuesday 14th July.

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