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The Man Whose Mind Exploded

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Toby Amies

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About the Film

Drako Oho Zaraharzar can remember modelling for Salvador Dali and hanging out with The Stones. But he can’t remember yesterday. This “beautifully intimate and utterly unique piece of cinema” gained 4 star reviews from The Times, The Guardian and The Independent in the UK. Filmed over four years, The Man Whose Mind Exploded attempts to understand and accept the worldview of someone with serious brain damage, and it resonates for anyone who’s tried to care for someone who may not be great at caring for themselves. Following a severe head injury, Drako Zaraharzar suffers from terrible memory loss, he can access memories from before his accident, but can’t imprint new ones. As he puts it, “the recording machine in my head doesn’t work”. Consequently, and as an antidote to depression he chose to live “completely in the now” according to the bizarre mottos delivered to him whilst in a coma. Toby Amies starts off making a film exploring Drako’s lurid and exotic backstory including work with Dali, Warhol’s Factory, Les Folies Bergère, and Derek Jarman. But frighteningly soon a line is crossed, and the documentary maker becomes carer. Drako’s way of life and the extraordinary collage of notes to self and erotic art he lives in [the source of the film’s title] threatens his health. What follows is unique, eccentric, funny and moving documentary about the relationship between two men, one who’s trying to make a film about the other, who’s existing in what appears to be a separate reality.

Customer Reviews

Essential viewing

A touching, scary, worrying, hilarious, warm and intimate look at a man who can't remember yesterday and spends his todays speaking to people he doesn't - and can't - know. Drako is a thoroughly lovable, though stubborn, eccentric who suffers from a type of amnesia that renders him unable to recall yesterday's events or characters. He can relay stories from his distant past but lives entirely in the now. Everyone is a trusted friend, including director Toby Amies, whose role morphs from documentary maker to carer and pal. The result of many interractions between filmmaker and subject is this wonderful, thought-provoking film, so full of character and care that it's impossible not to get drawn into Drako's difficult, if colourful, world. Essential viewing for anyone who has ever dealt with mental illness, which is - let's face it - all of us. Brilliant.

The Man Whose Mind Exploded

A strange and beautiful film with a sensuous light touch.
Essentially a portrait of dada super-hero Drako Oho Zaraharzar, it gently reveals itself to be much more.

From Nick Broomfield to Louis Theroux we’ve grown used to the one-man documentary maker embroiling himself with, and exposing his subject.
This gem is quite the reverse, rather than the usual filmmaker led agenda, we watch Toby Amies falling deeper and deeper under Drako’s spell.
With his unnerving mixture of extreme obscenity and childlike innocence we fall in love with the subject right alongside Toby.

Visually ‘The Man Whose Mind Exploded’ explores the counterpoint of Drako’s outsider luminosity in stark council estate land.
As well as a valuable document of an individual living life as art, Amies has produced a touching and very human film.

Easily my favorite film this year.

Keep a pad handy....

An engaging portrait of an artist as a man of many ages and lives. I found myself scribbling down quotes and comments for fear I may forget a single moment of this beautifully shot film. Do yourself a favour and allow yourself into Drako's world.

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  • £6.49
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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