The Edge of Dreaming by Amy Hardie

This Saturday Edinburgh University will host a benefit screening of the film, followed by a forum to discuss the issues of brain and body, brain and consciousness.

Amy Hardie, director of the documentary, The Edge of Dreaming, has just returned from a trip to the US where the film sold out in New York, Boston, Washington and Chicago. The film has been featured on CNN news in the US, who compared the film to Inception, but stated that it is The Edge of Dreaming that grabbed, and retained, their interest.

“Can a dream kill you?” asks Amy Hardie. “In my case, the answer was yes. I nearly died. That forced me to explore neuroscience, and finally undertake a shamanic journey to bring my brain back into the biochemical mix of the dream-state, and change the neural pathways the dream had laid down.”

Dreams, neural pathways, how to access parts of our brain closely involved with creativity, will be discussed by the panel, chaired by scholar MaryCatherine Burgess and including the director, Amy Hardie, the shaman in the film, Claudia Goncalves, Edinburgh anatomist and herbalist David Pirie, and Edinburgh GP and hypnotist Alastair Dobbin.

Where: Auditorium at Edinburgh University Chaplaincy Centre 1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL

Start: 7pm to 7:30 – nibbles and drinks

7:30pm 8:45pm – Film screening

9pm to 9:45pm – Forum

Recent Reviews

New York Times: A serious metaphysical quest

Wall StreetJournal: Poetic, hallucinatory effects and a candid, intimate perspective

Variety:  ultimately transcendent


Can a dream kill you? The Edge of Dreaming is a year in the life of a woman investigating death whose research takes over her life. Literally. Amy Hardie, a Scottish wife, mother and maker of science films had a startling dream. Her horse George was dying. She awoke disturbed enough to go out into the field to check. She found him dead. Soon afterwards, she had a dream warning her that this year would be her last.

Everyone wrestles with the concept of their own mortality, but few so directly explore and confront the subject. When Amy fell seriously ill, as her dream predicted, she went on a search to change that dream, leading her to eminent neuroscientist Mark Solms, and to new understanding of the complexity of our brains. The final confrontation takes us back into her dream with the help of a shaman, revealing a surprising twist to the tale.

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Chair: Dr.  MaryCatherine Burgess

David Pirie

Currently practicing in Edinburgh and teaching on the herbal courses at Edinburgh Napier University and Royal Botanic gardens Edinburgh. Particular interests include plant medicine, using the mind to heal, shamanism, and quantum mechanics.

Dr. Alastair Dobbin

GP trained in London , currently working in Edinburgh with a special interest in psychological medicine, hypnosis, biofeedback and mindfulness. He ntroduced a programme of mental skills training (Positive Mental Training) into primary care in Edinburgh in 2004,with Sheila Ross, following successful research with the University, which is now UK wide. He advises the Scottish Government on stress and writes extensively.

Claudia Goncalves

Claudia Goncalves came for Brazil to work in Edinburgh, setting up the Shamanic centre with Mark Halliday. She was a catalyst in supporting Youth Vision Project and believes that consciousness, not matter, is the fundamental reality of the universe. Consciousness determines the manifestation of a reality thus the importance of making conscious choices in our world today and the brain-mind are one of the vehicles for those conscious choices.

Dr. Amy Hardie

A documentary director/producer with several international awards, Amy Hardie graduated from the National Film and Television School with the BP Expo award for best UK graduation film. Her science films have been seen in over 170 countries. The Edge of Dreaming is her first film for cinema and her first personal film.

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