50 First Dates - Dir. Peter Segal, 2004
Lucy Whitemore (Drew Barrymore), is a young woman suffering from short term memory loss. This proves a problem for Henry (Adam Sandler) when he tries to romance her, as she is unable to remember his efforts from the day before. He tackles her condition with various methods to try and help trigger her memory, even creating a film about her life for her to watch each morning.
Still Alice - Dir. Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, 2014
Alice (Julianne Moore) a linguistic professor and mother of three, is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers disease. The film focuses on Alice and her family’s struggle as they deal with the condition. A once academic, confident woman starts to forget words, actions and finally people. Every morning she answers a self set list of questions that act as a suicide test, as her mind worsens she starts to loose everything.
Total Recall - Dir. Paul Verhoeven, 1990
Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) visits a company called Rekall Inc. to have false memories inserted into his brain in order to experience the thrill of visiting Mars without having to travel there. Before the procedure can take place, he starts to recall past events, and the company wipe his mind to cover their involvement, leaving the secret agent to figure out his real identity, fighting against the people he thought were friends.
The Bourne Triology- Dir. Paul Greengrass, Tony Gilroy, Doug Liman, 2002-2007
Spy Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), is a CIA Government Agent suffering from severe memory loss, who must outsmart his opponents to figure out who he really is and why there are assassins after him.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Dir. Michel Gondry, 2004
Clementine (Kate Winslet) takes part in a procedure to erase all her memories of ex-boyfriend Joel (Jim Carrey) after a painful breakup. When he discovers what she has done, he goes about the same procedure trying to forget the woman he once loved.
Spellbound - Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1945
John Balanaynes (Gregory Peck), posing as Dr Edwards replaces Dr Murchison (Leo Caroll) as head of a mental asylum. Dr. Peterson (Ingrid Bergman) discovers he is an imposter and this physiological thriller follows her trying to unlock John’s memories to discover who he is, where the real Mr Edwards died and who killed him.
Last Year at Marienbad - Alain Resnais, 1961
Showing at FACT as part of the Lesions in the Landscape film programme, curated by artist Shona Illingwirth, Last Year at Marienbad follows 'A' (Delphine Seyrig) has no memory of meeting 'X' (Giorgio Albertazzi), who insists they were once lovers. This mysterious French drama explores both the past and the present, the truth and the imagined lives of two aristocrats who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad. What is real and what is fantasy, is left to the viewer to decide.
Finding Nemo - Dir. Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, 2003
In this Disney favourite, a blue reef fish named Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), has an incredibly short memory which hinders her in her efforts to help a clown fish named Marvin to find his son Nemo, who has been caught by a diver after swimming too close to the oceans surface.
Regarding Henry - Dir. Mike Nichols, 1991
Henry Turner (Harrison Ford) plays a ruthless corporate lawyer who gets shot in the head during an armed robbery. As he recovers, his personality changes due to the trauma he has undergone; good news for his family as he becomes a kinder, more caring person - but bad news for his law firm.
Trance - Dir. Danny Boyle, 2013
Simon (James McAvoy) is part of a gang of thieves who steal a priceless painting, but after suffering from a head injury he is unable to remember where they stored it. Hypnotist Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson) tries to discover where the painting, is but truth and imaginary starting blending into one.
Lesions in the Landscape opens at FACT on 18 September. Join us for the public preview on Thursday 17 September, 6pm - 8pm to explore the exhibition first and get creative with Minecraft.