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Project of the Day: ‘My Beautiful Broken Brain’

Project of the Day: 'My Beautiful Broken Brain'

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

“My Beautiful Broken Brain”

Tweetable Logline: Her brain is broken. Her mind is limitless. A film about a young
woman’s cerebral haemorrhage with outcomes no one could have predicted

Elevator Pitch: “My Beautiful Broken Brain” is about life changing in the blink of an eye and a personal voyage
into the complexity, fragility and wonder of the last biological
frontier, the human brain. It’s something that could happen to any of us
– a film born out of necessity to help a young woman make sense of
having to start her life again when she was only half way through it,
following a brain haemorrhage – with discoveries and outcomes that no
one could have predicted.

It’s a story of hope, transformation and the limitless power of the human mind.

Production Team: Producer/Director Sophie Robinson, Co-Producer/Director Lotje Sodderland, Editorial Producer Michael Houldey, Editor Jim Scott, Sound Design Nick Ryan 

About the Production: “The most extraordinary thing about this film is that just 3 days
after her brain haemorrhage, still in hospital, Lotje started filming
herself terrified she was losing her mind and memory. Unable to speak or
make sense of the world, she asked her family to contact me (having
only met me once before) to ask if I would help her document her rapidly
changing life. Two years later we find ourselves with hundreds of
hours of footage of one of the most remarkable stories I have ever had
the privilege to be part of. Now we want to share it.”

Current Status: Raising funds to go into edit.

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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Mary Hunt

Lotje is an amazing young woman and I'd love to see her journey to recovery in completed film form. Say Yes to the Brain!

Columba Quigley

Got my vote… I would SO love to see the finished product, PLEASE!!


Would love to see this come to a screen near me, big or small.
An amazing story
An amazing journey
An amazing woman
Consider it a vote!


vote from me please


A hundred percent, YES!

Laura Sharples

Yes I'd like to see this, always interested in a person's recovery and self management following an illness or event as I work in health care enabling people to manage long term conditions – anything like this gives people hope!

K roman

Gets my vote!

Nyk Snow

"My Beautiful Broken Brain" definitely gets my vote. Do want!


'My beautiful broken Brain " is getting my vote


A very moving story : it must be realised : I am voting


A very moving story : it must be realised : I am voting


I am voting for" My beautiful broken brain "!

Aurelien Marabelle

Very touched by the trailer : i definately want to see this film


Let's see this film happen : I am voting

Marie Anne Perault

Please let us see this beautiful film !


My Beautiful Broken Brain – I want to see this film!!!!

sandra Polcher

My beautiful Broken Brain is a great promise, would like to see more!


Would love to see this!

Alice Ralph

Definitely want to see this. I saw Lotje speaking at Sunday Assembly and it was incredibly moving and inspiring. I will definitely be seeking this film out when it comes out.


Will look forward to seeing this on the big screen!! My Beautiful Broken Mind gets my vote!

A D Cooper

My beautiful broken brain gets my vote.

Mel Packer

I can't wait to see this film – it's definitely got my vote!

Margaret pickering

I vote for My Beautiful Broken Brain

Debbie Howard

I would love to see this film. It sounds wonderful. Challenging and powerful concept. I hope to see it on screen soon.

Yan Elliott.

One day i was sitting next to Lotje at work. The next day i wasn't.
This is the story of why. Everyone should see it.


Goose pimples!!! What an incredible story, I'm already moved by what I've seen so far. Please please PLEASE show us more!

Jan & Wil Akkerman

We vote for "My beautiful broken Brain" because it is so important to show the world what can happen to you in a split second! And even more important: to learn us how hard we must work to get our lives back. We admire Lotje and wish her lots of succes.

Veronika Kral

Amazing. I would really like to be part of it and see the film. Definitely my vote for this one.

Susan Artaud

My vote for this amazing project

josiane Calmeille

Fascinating project : let's see the film : get my vote

christine Passama

The video touched me so much : please , let the film happen : I vote

colette Denier

Amazing project , fascinating : i am so much in favour to see the film : i am voting

veronique Cubaynes

My cousin lives in England & has sent me all the details on your project : I am very much in favour to this film idea : you have my vote.

Claudie Cooper

I have seen the trailer of this project & having a friend who is now paralised after an anurism , I am looking forward to this film to be realised : get my vote.

Francoise Brugidou

I want to support this film & hope it will be realised : I am voting

Annie Marabelle

I am looking forward with great enthusiasm to this fabulous film : that's why I am voting


I love this film idea. Gets my vote!

lauren skinner

definitely gets my vote!

Mrs Anne-Marie Robinson

I would love this film coming to be realised as our Brain , mind, is leading our life ,is infinite in all we can / could do ,imagine , store in our subconscious : I cannot wait to see this film that's why I am voting .


great idea, and a fascinating subject.

Sophie Webb

I lost my dad's brain to strokes, he was in his 70's. I can't imagine what young Lotje and her family have had to overcome and it's important to us all to see where we can get to when we fight back. Go girls. I'm in awe.

Arnaud Dressen

mine too!

Darren Jonusas

what an amazing idea! got my vote.

Andrew Watson

My Beautiful Broken Brain gets my vote.

Helen Morrell

Beautiful trailer and I can;t wait to see the film, definitely gets my vote.

Richard Pearson

I feel the world can learn from this experience. A mental everest that needs climbing.

vivian schröder

please let us all see this beautiful film! its an inspiration!!!

Suzie Larke

I vote for my beautiful broken brain.
This video really moved me!

Ian Southall

I've always thought the mind is more powerful than any of us comprehend and I'm fascinated by the limitless possibilities that we, as humans create via the application of simple/ complex & positive/ negative thoughts we have everyday ( and night, in the subconscious ). I would love to see this film come to fruition and if there is anything I can do to help this happen, let me know

Ree Lahti

My Beautiful Broken Brain wins hands down. I too have a brain injury and Lotje explains things that I have been unable to for 6 years. Bravo to this film and the ingenuity Lotje had to clarify a set of symptoms that most dismiss but affect our daily lives in a most profound way.

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