Imagine your mind has been wiped: memories, knowledge, experiences, language - every word you ever spoke, has vanished. If eventually you found the words, what would you say? For Edwyn Collins, 'The Possibilities Are Endless'.
The Possibilities Are Endless tells the incredible story of Edwyn Collins, the Scottish songwriter who suffered a stroke, an explosion in the brain so severe that it effectively deleted the contents of his mind. After a career as an internationally acclaimed lyricist, he lost all language and was only able to say two phrases: "The Possibilities are Endless" and "Grace Maxwell". The film is narrated by Edwyn, trapped inside his devastated mind and his wife Grace, the woman who pulled him back to life. More than just a story of determination against all odds; it is an intimate and life-affirming journey of rediscovery that celebrates how love, music and language shape our lives.Written by
Quite Like Silver
Written by Edwyn Collins and Carwyn Ellis
Performed by Edwyn Collins and Carwyn Ellis
Recorded by Sebastian Lewsley
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I think the biggest problem people have with this film is that they were expecting a regular documentary about Edwyn. Forget that. The film is designed to reflect his struggle back to health and the result is jaw-dropping. It begins fractured and barely coherent, a series of scattered images on screen - sea, sky, a grainy 16mm image of a walk with a loved one, snippets of half-remembered conversations and lyrics.
Make no mistake, this was done deliberately to try and instill in the viewer some tiny amount of the disorientation that Edwyn would have felt - a struggle to think clearly or even construct intelligible sentences. As the film progresses it becomes more linear as we follow the singer's road back to health and his determination to play live once again.
Only the most cold-hearted would not be inspired and amazed by his journey - a lovely guy hit by tragedy who lucked out with having an incredible woman by his side.
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