The Edge of Dreaming

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The Edge of Dreaming, 2010. Feature documentary. Neuroscience, family life, dreams and death collide in this engrossing investigation into the human subconscious.
Developed from a PhD by practice at eca, and supported by Creative Scotland, Ch4, VPRO and Arte. Selected by POV as one of the top international 15 feature docs in 2010. First Scottish feature to be selected for international competition at IDFA. Described by HBO as ‘redefining the personal documentary’, the film still attracts debate and screening requests from University departments, festivals, workshops, radio and press interviews and conferences.

Subtitled into 12 languages. 28 international festival presentations, 300 international screenings; Film of the Month in Spain and France; theatrical distribution in UK (Cinefile) and US (KinoLorber) and Spain, Argentina, Ecuador (Parallel 40). Broadcast in Netherlands, Estonia, France, UK, US, Germany.
US reviews:
New York Times
"a serious metaphysical quest"
Wall Street Journal
"Poetic, hallucinatory effects and a candid, intimate perspective"
Variety "ultimately transcendent"
CNN News (US TV) “better than Inception”
UK reviews:
Independent Pick of the Day:
Time Out Critics choice: "Evocative, provocative and absorbing..compelling"
The Sunday Times Critics choice: "Hardie's film-making skills ensure memorable sequences"
The Guardian Feature:"Her reconnaisance of dreamland provided some eerie moments, and resulted in a mesmerising film"
Sight & Sound Review: “a very individual intensity... a factor not often found in British documentaries these days - poetry.”
Oscar winner Jonathan Stacks (Jury at IDFA): “Cinema at its most profound.”
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Sizefeature 75 mins
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2010


  • documentary
  • death
  • dream


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