About the Filmmaker
Conor McCormack is a director and writer known for his powerful, socially engaged filmmaking, including the BIFA nominated documentary Christmas with Dad and the West Bank based docudrama Seven Stones. In 2011 he approached the Bristol Hearing Voices Network with a view to undertaking a film project that would help him learn more about experiences of voice hearing. The results of this fruitful collaboration are a Radio 4 drama, The Shining Heart, transmitted in May 2014 as part of the stations Original British Dramatists season, and In the Real.
Conor worked on In the Real on his own and in his own time for the first 18 months of the production. Then, after some sequences from the film were screened at Hearing Voices group meeting, the Bristol NHS Care Commissioning Group, recognising the value of the project, stepped in with some funding assistance. Ultimately it was the support, financial and creative, of Durham University’s Hearing the Voice – an interdisciplinary voice-hearing research project funded by the Wellcome Trust – that brought this unique project to fruition. The research team were thrilled to discover such a remarkable representation of the voice-hearing experience: strange and wonderful, intimate and emotionally affecting, it was also a powerful documentation of one of the project’s key areas of research – the phenomenology of voice-hearing.