Heartbeat in the Brain

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Heartbeat in the Brain
Screenshots from Heartbeat in the Brain.jpg
Screenshots from the film
Directed byAmanda Feilding
Produced byAmanda Feilding, Joseph Mellen
StarringAmanda Feilding
Release date
CountryUnited Kingdom

Heartbeat in the Brain is a 1970 documentary film produced and directed by Amanda Feilding, an advocate of trepanation.[1] In the film, Feilding, a 27-year-old student at the time, drills a hole in her forehead with a dentist's drill. In the documentary, surgical scenes alternate with motion studies of Feilding's pet pigeon Birdie.[2]

In 1978, Feilding screened the movie at the Suydam Gallery in New York. More than one audience member fainted during the climax.[1]

The 1998 documentary A Hole in the Head contains footage from Heartbeat in the Brain.[3]

The documentary, long believed to be lost, was publicly screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London on 28 April 2011.[4]


  1. ^ a b Turner, Christopher (Winter 2007–08). "Like a Hole in the Head". Cabinet. Retrieved 8 December 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Colton, Michael (31 May 1998). "You Need It Like... ...a Hole in the Head?". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Sirius, R. U. (25 August 2010). "Fixing A Hole in the Head". h+.
  4. ^ "PR Talks Films Music Ourhouse 02 Feb 2011". Official Website Institute of Contemporary Arts. ICA. Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)