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The Possibilities Are Endless (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 7 November 2014 (UK)
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'.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edwyn Collins ... Himself
Grace Maxwell Grace Maxwell ... Herself
William Collins William Collins ... Himself
Yasmin Paige ... Herself
Findlay Adams Findlay Adams
Rosemary Findlay Rosemary Findlay
William Jappy William Jappy
Aaron Grant Aaron Grant
Andy Sutherland Andy Sutherland
Duncan MacKay Duncan MacKay
Finbar Plass Finbar Plass
Heather Mason Heather Mason
Podi Plass Podi Plass
Ruth Dudgeon Ruth Dudgeon
Toby Woodward Toby Woodward


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 Pulse Films

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Release Date:

7 November 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Edwyn Collins: Allt är möjligt See more »

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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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Features Late Night with Conan O'Brien: Episode #3.18 (1995) See more »


Don't Shilly Shally
Written by Edwyn Collins
Performed by Edwyn Collins
Published by Universal Music
Courtesy of AED Records
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Rip It Up And Start Again
29 September 2014 | by irobiukSee all my reviews

Scottish musician Edwyn Collins is best known (if at all) for his hits "Rip It Up And Start Again" (with Orange Juice) and "A Girl Like You" which became a worldwide smash in 1994. Despite only having the two hits he was a constant presence in the UK music industry and his witty and opinionated views made him a radio regular. It was after an appearance with Andrew Collins on BBC6Music that he suffered a brain hemorrhage and entered into a coma. This film charts his recovery, his relationship with his partner, and his attempts to make new music.

The problem is it's hard to see who it will appeal to: the film is far too wishy-washy and fails to pin down it's subject. While we watch atmospheric visuals and listen to amazing sound design we drift merely around the edges of the man himself, who barely appears for an hour.

If you've never heard of the man, there is no context. Nothing to say why you should care, and barely anything to show what he was like before the coma. A few brief clips from "Conan O'Brien" and "Top of the Pops" aside, the film remains stubbornly in the etherworld of Collins' coma.

The first hour is dreary, insubstantial indulgence by the film-makers. The last 20 minutes goes some way to redeeming itself by showing more of Edwin at work and with Grace, but the whole thing is lacking. It needed more voices, more history. You learn much more, and are moved more, by the BBC Radio 4 programme "Mastertapes" that features in this film and can still be heard on the Radio 4 website.

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