• Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Awakenings is the fictionalised account of Dr Oliver Sach’s memoir of his work as a doctor who uses an experimental drug to ‘awaken’ the catatonic victims of a rare disease beginning with Leonard, the first patient to receive the controversial treatment. His awakening, filled with awe and enthusiasm, proves a rebirth for Sayer too, as the exuberant patient reveals life's simple but unutterably sweet pleasures to the introverted doctor. Encouraged by Leonard's stunning recovery, Sayer administers the drug to the other patients. The story of their friendship during this emotional journey is a testament to both the tenderness of the human heart and the strength of the human soul.  
Introduced by neuroscientist, Dr Elsa Fouragnan .
Director: Penny Marshall, US, 1990
Cast: Robin Williams, Robert De Nero, John Heard, Penelope Ann Miller, Julie Kavner
Running time: 116 mins

Date: Monday 7 November 2022
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: standard £6 / concessions £4 / free to UoP students via SPiA.
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