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The Shining Heart

New drama by trainee analyst Conor McCormack and hip-hop artist Matt Haynes. When Louis stops taking his meds, his world becomes infused with wonder.

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When Louis, a schizophrenic, decides to stop taking his meds, his world becomes infused with wonder. His intoxicating mental universe furnishes him with everything he lacks in real life: friends to watch over him, unfettered adventure, supernatural powers. His happiness is complete when his girlfriend returns.

But his caseworker Robert knows where it'll end. Can Louie pull himself back from the blissful intensity of psychosis and save himself from institutionalisation?

Based on a true story and made in collaboration with the real 'Louie'.

by Matt Haynes and Conor McCormack

BIFA nominated for his documentary work, Conor is currently undertaking a psychoanalytic training with the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research.

A veteran of many punk and hip hop groups, Matt is a Bristol based screen writer, script editor and music video director.

Director...Mary Ward-Lowery

Original guitar music composed and performed by Errol Hewitt
Additional music by oneohtrix point never.

45 minutes


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Mind: About schizophrenia

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Rethink: schizophrenia

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Role Contributor
Louie Carl Prekopp
Robert Russell Boulter
Becky Katy Sobey
Carina Mercedes Grower
Grace Sydney Wade
Laura Sally Orrock
George Mark Meadows
Director Mary Ward-Lowery
Writer Matt Haynes
Writer Conor McCormack


Matt Haynes and Conor McCormack talk about The Shining Heart

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