Films and hearing voices

Cinema, like music, can be at its best an important medium of entertainment, lesson and comfort.  It can make us  better people.   It can make us more humane, more sensitive and less traumatized by life.

Voice hearing can be an isolating and disorientating experience that can result at worst in a loss of job, family,  friend, husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, cousin, self-esteem and/or professional practical worth.  However, voice hearing can also be the birthpains of a higher, more magnificent consciousness. Many of the following films are about those birthpains of a higher, more magnificent consciousness.

Many of the following films on this page are about the seeing of visions and the hearing of voices inaudible to others.  Amongst others, the films involve a Nobel Laureate (“A Beautiful Mind”) , the first female British Prime Minister (“The Iron Lady”), a distinguished classical pianist (“Shine”) and a son who fulfills a dream, honouring his father’s love of baseball (“A Field of Dreams”).

The following films make one feel less alone. They offer companionship and inspiration in a western world that has traditionally not cared for or appreciated voice hearers in the past three hundred years or so.

Other films not connected to voice hearing can also of course offer inspiration, stability and hope to voice hearers.  In this regard, my favourite films include “E.T. : The Extraterrestial”, “Forest Gump”, “The Great Dictator”, “Remains of the Day”, world war two British prisoner of war films and the comic films of Norman Wisdom.

You will have no doubt your own favourite films, I am sure. If you do please contact us and we will add your film to the list.

I think that recovery at best involves a sense of the arts. A sense of the arts inevitably includes literature, art, music, theatre, dance  and/or  cinema.

Hywel Davies

Iron Lady (2011)

The Iron Lady is an intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. One of the 20th century’s most famous and influential women, Thatcher came from nowhere to smash through barriers of gender and class to be heard in a male dominated world. Over the course of three days we see her struggle with dementia and with the lack of power that comes with old age, while looking back on defining moments of her personal and professional life, on which she reminisces with her (now dead) husband, Denis Thatcher.

Life on Mars (BBC TV, 2006)

Detective inspector Sam Tyler: is he in a coma in 2006 and imagining his experiences? Is he from 1973 and mentally unstable, albeit with remarkably accurate visions of the future, and why is he seeing the past selves of people from his life in 2006? Or, has he somehow travelled back in time from 2006 to 1973?

Stranger than Fiction (2006)

Harold Crick begins to hear an author inside his head narrating his life. The narrator it is extraordinarily accurate, and Harold recognizes the voice as an esteemed author he saw on TV. But when the narration reveals that he is going to die, Harold must find the author of the story, and ultimately his life, to convince her to change the ending of the story before it is too late.

Bruce Almighty (2003)

fantasy comedy film directed by Tom Shadyac and written by Steve KorenMark O’Keefe and Steve Oedekerk. It stars Jim Carrey as Bruce Nolan, a down-on-his-luck TV reporter who complains to God that he isn’t doing his job correctly, and is then offered the chance to try being God himself for one week.


Tarnation (2003)

Filmmaker Jonathan Caouette’s documentary on growing up with his schizophrenic mother — a mixture of snapshots, Super-8, answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, and more — culled from 19 years of his life.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

A Beautiful Mind is an Academy Award-winning film inspired by the Nobel Laureate (Economics) mathematician John Nash and his experiences of hearing voices.

Das weisse Rauschen (2001)

Lukas zieht mit 21 Jahren in die Großstadt. Sofort stürzt man sich ins Nachtleben. Doch nach einem Drogentrip beginnt Lukas plötzlich Stimmen zu hören.

Some Voices (2000)

A serious, substantial, and compassionate movie which demands to be seen.

The Beach (2000)

The book ‘The Beach’ by Alex Garland, made into a film by Danny Boyle in 2000 and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Carlyle has a voice hearing theme.

Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

Interesting view of a voice hearer and other strange perceptions. Trauma based voice experience rings true. A Manhattan ambulance paramedic, overworked and haunted by visions of his failures, fights to keep a tenuous grip on his clarity. Director:  Martin Scorsese Stars: Nicolas Cage,

Shine (1996)

Australian film based on the life of pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions.

The Fisher King (1991)

The film has a voice hearing and vision seeing theme, also dealing with coming to terms with trauma and the healing power of relationships

Field of Dreams (1989)

Ray Kinsella is an Iowa farmer with a wife and a little girl. He has never resolved his conflicts with his baseball loving father who died many years before. Ray begins to hear voices and becomes obsessed with an urge to build a baseball stadium in his best cornfield

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