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The East End Does Film: The Man Whose Mind Exploded

HM's Alex gives us her must watch HOT picks from the EEFF 2013 roster, here's The Man Whose Mind Exploded
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The Man whose mind exploded is an exemplar tribute to human character in the face of inevitable tragedy.  The film, directed by Toby Amies, is an intriguing observation of a man suffering from degenerative amnesia, and its title can be taken as literal or as metaphorical as the viewer sees fit; I chose to take it metaphorically.  One time muse for the artist Dali the eccentric, fervent and extravagantly, but aptly, named Drako Oho Zarrhazar is the man the title refers to.  When we first enter the world of the great Drako, by way of a small Brighton council flat, it’s shocking. The walls and ceilings are adorned with hundreds of images of men’s genitalia for one thing, so you can be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered into a Tracey Emin 
Turner Prize installation. A thrilling watch from the go and sincere in its delivery – Amies also happens to be a friend of Drako – the film treads the line confidently between highlighting serious concerns about Drako’s deteriorating living conditions and celebrating his unabashed sexual appetite and appreciation for the cards life has dealt him. There is of course family and dear friends that weave in and out of the film to fill in the blanks that Drako can’t remember or doesn’t want to talk about: including his divided relationship with his eldest sister, and the unimaginable number of life threatening accidents he has endured and the inevitable effect it has had on Drako and those who love him.


Words: Alex Kessie/@alexandrakessie • Images: Provided by EEFF

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