Amy Hardie and The Edge of Dreaming
Amy Hardie is a Scottish scientist and filmmaker. Her deeply personal first documentary, The Edge of Dreaming, has been selected as one of the Best of the Fest.
Amy does not usually remember her dreams, but after a vivid dream that her horse was dying, she woke up to find him dead. “Then I had another dream that I was going to die that year. Then I got very ill,” says Amy. “From the screenings I’ve done in other countries before premiering here – I think that many people have dreams that predict the future and that come true.”
Though she usually makes science films, The Edge of Dreaming is a deeply personal documentary. “I think the reason that people are drawn to the film is for the story. Even though it’s a documentary, the story is compelling.”
After dreaming that she would die within the year, Amy immediately began to film. “I made the film to allow audiences to go with me on that year, and I wanted to be very accurate about what I had gone through. I tried to document everything as precisely as possible so that when things happened, even if I didn’t understand them, other people can interpret them in their own way.”
Having sold out its initial screenings, the film will screen again on Sunday 27 June to round off the Festival.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.