Netflix buys “My Beautiful Broken Brain”

The SVOD service has acquired Lotje Sodderland and Sophie Robinson's documentary My Beautiful Broken Brain (pictured), with David Lynch attached as exec producer.
February 8, 2016

SVOD service Netflix has acquired Lotje Sodderland and Sophie Robinson‘s acclaimed documentary My Beautiful Broken Brain.

Executive produced by director David Lynch, the 86-minute film, a selection at IDFA in 2014, details Sodderland’s personal voyage as she undergoes rehabilitation and recovery after suffering a life-changing hemorrhagic stroke, in which blood pours into the brain creating swelling while damaging cells and tissue.

Following the stroke, Sodderland wakes to find herself bereft of language and logic. The feature film, in turn, examines the consequences of a first-time neurological experiment for the 34-year-old filmmaker through to the revelations stemming from her altered sensory perception.

Michael Houldey, alongside Lynch, serves as executive producer on the film. In addition to its IDFA showing, the film also was featured as part of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Ideas & Science strand in 2015.

“I am thrilled to join Lotje and Sophie in sharing ‘My Beautiful Broken Brain’ with the world,” said Lynch in a statement. “The brain is truly fascinating and much in the way that our brains are able to achieve total coherence — finding enlightenment and fulfillment, you will surely be moved and inspired by this journey of self-rediscovery.”

The film is the latest in the streaming service’s documentary roster following such successes as Making a Murderer, Virunga and The Chef’s Table, as well as the Oscar-nominated films What Happened Miss Simone? and Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.

My Beautiful Broken Brain will premiere globally across the streaming giant on March 18.

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