Heartbeat in the Brain (lost Amanda Fielding trepanation documentary; 1970)


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Heartbeat in the Brain (1970)
Poster for the 1998 documentary about the original film.
Poster for the 1998 documentary about the original film.
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Heartbeat in the Brain is a 1970 documentary film about Amanda Feilding's self-trepanation operation. She is a British scientist, artist, and drug policy reformer best known for her research into consciousness and psychoactive drugs such cannabis, MDMA, LSD, and psilocybin, which she conducts through her non-profit organization, the Beckley Foundation. She is also an expert in the practice of trepanation, an ancient pseudo-medical procedure in which a small hole is cut out of the skull with the hopes of alleviating a variety of ailments or achieving a higher state of consciousness. (These hypotheses are not medically proven, and no licensed doctors recommend the procedure.)

After failing to find a doctor willing to perform the operation on her, Feilding, (then 27) performed the procedure on herself. The film was a collection of footage from the operation and of her pet pigeon, Birdie. Its first known public screening was in 1978, at the Suydam Gallery in New York.

The film was thought by many to be completely lost due to its few screenings. However, the film was screened again in April 2011 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The entire film has never surfaced online, although several snippets can be seen in Eli Kabillio's 1998 documentary about it, A Hole in the Head.

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Scenes from the film, as seen in 1998 documentary A Hole in the Head.

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Anonymous user #1

7 months ago
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Has anyone tried emailing the Institute of Contemporary Arts of London and asking about the film?
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Anonymous user #4

4 months ago
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FYI check TPB. Cheers.
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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a user uploaded the filmi n 2015 but was taken down by a copyright claim
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Anonymous user #3

5 months ago
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  1. wearenotfuckingstupid
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Anonymous user #5

4 months ago
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I thought that she wanted to "show the wonders of trepenation" what bull that these people seem to not want to show their "completely safe medical procedure" who was the user that uploaded it? Maybe we can get a hold of it and upload it on an independent video uploader. Chances are there are no actual copyright on it anymore and that it was a false flag, considering it was made in the 80s by crazy hippies
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Anonymous user #6

2 months ago
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Why doesn't she remake it?
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Anonymous user #7

2 months ago
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Could she use YOUR head instead, for the remake?
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Anonymous user #8

1 months ago
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I was joking lol, she may have a copy though
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Anonymous user #9

1 months ago
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I emailed the Beckley Foundation (the foundation Amanda Feilding has founded to promote the use of psychedelics in mental healthcare) and asked them about the movie, I got a response from her secretary that she does indeed have a copy. I think she doesn't want the film to be released. I think its because she fears it would make people try self-trepanation, which is something she is against.
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Kobochat

1 months ago
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...I think most people have enough common sense to avoid drilling holes in their head, lol
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ObscurusDoom

1 months ago
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Sadly many people actually believe shit like this cures mental illness by releasing pressure from the head. As if this is the fucking 60's. But being as wierd as I am, I'd be interested in watching this.
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Anonymous user #12

16 days ago
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Not the 1960s. Trepanation was practiced among different tribes of humans for thousands of years until we adopted the whole common sense thing. =P
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Anonymous user #10

25 days ago
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Apparently this was uploaded to Dailymotion in 2011 so it cannot be that hard to find, we just need to find the person that uploaded it that got hit with a copyright strike, these cooks need to be exposed for what they are and their scared of showing their "safe medical procedure" that in reality isn't as safe as they want it to look
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Anonymous user #11

16 days ago
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What happend to Amanda Feilding?? After the hole. Somebode knows??
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