Connecting People and Ideas in the Hearing Voices Movement

Hearing Voices Movement Films/Documentaries

The Voices in My Head – Eleanor Longden (TED Talk)

 Voices Matter

Open Paradigm Project

“Voices Matter” is a documentary about the global Hearing Voices Movement, filmed at the 2012 World Hearing Voices Congress in Cardiff, Wales. For more info visit

Beyond Possible: How the Hearing Voices Approach Transforms Lives

Other Related Films/Documentaries

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A Little Insight – Young People who Hear Voices

In 2012, a group of 5 (aged 13-18) young people took part in an animation workshop to develop a short stigma-busting film about their experiences of hearing voices. This film was designed, scripted, created & edited by the young people – all of whom are clients of the Voice Collective Project. To find out more, see

Ouvidores De Vozes (I Hear Voices)

This documentary follows the daily lives of some voice-hearers in Brazil, showing how they deal with these voices in their lives.

Coming Off Psych Drugs

Daniel Mackler

“In June of 2012, twenty-three people came together to discuss the subject of coming off psychiatric drugs. We were psychiatric survivors, therapists, mental health consumers, family members, and activists, united by a passion for truth-telling. More than half of us had successfully come off psych drugs, including cocktails of antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. What resulted from our three-day gathering was an unforgettable meeting of the minds. This 75-minute documentary (directed by Daniel Mackler) offers a rare glimpse into the world of coming off psych drugs through the eyes of those who have done it”.

Healing Voices

Healing Voices is a documentary that explores experiences commonly labelled as ‘psychosis’ and ‘mental illness’ through the real-life stories of individuals working to overcome extreme mental states and integrate these experiences into their lives in meaningful ways.

The film made it’s World Premiere on April 16th at the Boston International Film Festival – where it won an Indie Spec award. It has been screened in 130 places in eight different countries across the world.

There Is A Fault In Reality

Tom Cotton, Tigerlily Films

In There is a Fault in Reality, writer, director and psychotherapist Tom Cotton explores the stories of three people – Jon, Peter and Jacqui. Through them, we enter a detailed insider’s view of schizophrenia, which bears little resemblance to what we think we know. As their stories unfold, what begins to emerge is the true identity of the voices they hear and the horrific experiences from where they first appeared. Look away if you think ‘extreme’ mental illness is explained by cut and dried concepts like faulty genes. There is a Fault in Reality is a moving, inspiring, sometimes irreverent and often shocking story, which challenges myths and orthodox holy cows alike.

Why Did I Go Mad?

BBC Horizon,

A UK documentary featuring Peter Strange, Jacqui Dillon and Rai Waddingham – people with first hand experience of voices, visions and/or unusual beliefs. The documentary explores their experience and showcases some different ways of working with them (including the ‘Talking with Voices’ approach and Avatar Therapy.

Take These Broken Wings

Daniel Mackler

Take These Broken Wings, a feature-length documentary film by director and former psychotherapist Daniel Mackler, shows that people can recover fully from schizophrenia without psychiatric medication. According to most of the mental health field, and of course the pharmaceutical industry, this is not possible. How little they know – or want to know! The film centers on the lives of two women – heroes of mine – who both recovered from severe schizophrenia. The film traces the roots of their schizophrenia to childhood trauma and details their successful psychotherapy with gifted clinicians.