Mnemophrenia (2019)

Introduction

Mnemophrenia is a futuristic drama about a new psychosis that arises from advanced virtual reality technology, which causes people to be unable to distinguish between real and artificial memories.

Outline

The film explores how society is affected by and how it adapts to deal with Mnemophrenia, a growing new psychosis and the still advancing technology. We see the story unfold over time, through the eyes of three generations of the same family who are all affected and involved in different ways. The story explores how attitudes to Mnemophrenia would differ from person to person and across generations, going from resistance and fear, through acceptance and eventually even using it to our benefit, pushing humanity towards a new evolutionary step.

Cast

  • Freya Berry … Jeanette Harper.
  • Robin King … Nicholas Morgan.
  • Tim Seyfert … Douglas.
  • Tallulah Sheffield … Robyin.
  • Jamie Laird … Will Hall.
  • Robert Milton Wallace … Charlie.
  • Dominic O’Flynn … Michael Murphy.
  • Angela Peters … Keri Taylor.
  • Anna Brook … Nina.
  • Michael Buckster … Richard.
  • Gary Cargill … Jim.
  • Steve Hope Wynne … David Quinn.
  • Lisa Caruccio Came … Anna Lyons.
  • Cally Lawrence … Tessa Fox.
  • John Morton … Self.

Trivia

  • The word ‘mnemophrenia’ was coined especially for the film.
    • It is a portmanteau of the words ‘mneme’ and ‘schizophrenia’.
    • In the film ‘Mnemophrenia’ the word is defined as: ‘A condition or a state characterised by the coexistence of real and artificial memories, which affects the subject’s sense of identity.’
  • The director, Eirini Konstantinidou, used improvisation in order to build the characters and the shooting script for the whole film.
    • She believes that the realistic dialogue and performances that are achieved through improvisation contribute to the intended blurring of the distinction between reality and fiction.
    • Part 1 needed to be made first and edited in order for the actors of the following period (part 2) to watch it and build their characters’ experiences from what they have watched; according to the premise of the film these video recordings become part of their memories and identity.
    • That is the process that the actors of part 3 had to go through as well.
    • This technique allows for an organic development of the characters and dialogue, which is a result of the creative collaboration between the actors and herself.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Eirini Konstantinidou.
  • Producer(s):
    • Robin King … assistant producer.
    • Eirini Konstantinidou … producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Eirini Konstantinidou … (writer).
    • Robin King … (co-writer).
    • Eirini Konstantinidou … (original story).
    • Gary Cargill … (additional material).
    • Cally Lawrence … (additional material).
    • Robert Milton Wallace … (additional material).
    • Freya Berry … (additional material).
    • Michael Buckster … (additional material).
    • Tallulah Sheffield … (additional material).
    • Tim Seyfert … (additional material).
    • Angela Peters … (additional material).
    • Anna Brook … (additional material).
    • Dominic O’Flynn … (additional material).
    • Jamie Laird … (additional material).
    • Lisa Came … (additional material).
  • Music:
    • Corey Zack.
  • Cinematography:
    • Mirko Beutler … (part one: “The Beginning”).
    • Petros Nousias … (part three: “Homo Mnemonicus”).
    • Richard Thomas … (part two: “Total Cinema”).
  • Editor(s):
    • Giorgio Galli.
  • Production:
    • EK Productions.
    • Quoxel.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Indie Rights (2019) (World-wide) (all media).
  • Release Date: 11 February 2019 (US, Boston Science Fiction Film Festival).
  • Running Time: 78 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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