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The Possibilities are Endless

After experiencing a stroke, Edwyn Collins could only say two phrases: ‘Grace Maxwell’ and ‘The Possibilities Are Endless’. Placed inside Edwyn’s mind, we embark on a  journey from the brink of death back to language, music, and love on an intimate tale of rediscovery.

Director: Edward Lovelace, James Hall
Year: 2014
Time: 83 min

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Read Falling and Laughing: The Restoration of Edwyn Collins, written by Grace Maxwell.

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Edwyn Collins: ‘I’m slow at first. Then my thoughts come, and it’s wonderful’

“The first thing I hear on my interview tape is Edwyn Collins’s laugh. It’s a distinctive, gurgling, yucking thing, and hugely infectious. It’s closely followed by the sound of him chomping his way through the cakes I’ve brought to his house this rainy morning in north-west London.”

Read the full interview with Edwyn Collins and Grace Maxwell here. 

Memory and Forgetting

In this hour of Radiolab, learn about how remembering is an unstable and profoundly unreliable process–it’s easy come, easy go as we learn how true memories can be obliterated, and false ones added. And Oliver Sacks joins us to tell the story of an amnesiac whose love for his wife and music transcend his 7-second memory.

Stroke Warning Signs

Broadcaster Andrew Marr missed the warning signs of his stroke. His wife Jackie Ashley is supporting a campaign to raise awareness. Read more here.


Listen to our playlist with music from the film on Spotify.

Edward Lovelace and James Hall

“We really wanted to play with the ideas of memory and identity…”

An interview with directors of THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS Edward Lovelace and James Hall about their unique approach to the movie, what Collins thinks about it, and what drives them as visual artists.

What are Memories Made Of?

“Imagine being unable to remember the past. Like a fading dream, your current consciousness is lost to eternity. This is the experience of someone suffering from amnesia. Studying the brains of amnesic patients has revealed that, while most regions of the brain play a role in memory, some areas are more crucial than others.”

Read more here.

Family Plays Critical Role in Stroke Recovery

Stroke recovery is a long and difficult process. Specialists point out that one of the most critical elements in a patient’s rehabilitation is the family. Read more  in this article.

When Memory Is Lost

“The tumor that erased Tom’s memory did not touch his “soul.”

Read the story here.

Brain-stimulating Device May Aid Recovery of Stroke Victims

“Using non-invasive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, researchers at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center may have found a way to help prep a stroke victim’s brain prior to physical therapy to aid a more complete recovery.”

Read the full article on the Washington Post.


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