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Haynes, Todd (dir). [Safe]


Set in an affluent neighbourhood of the San Fernando Valley in 1987, the film recounts the life of a seemingly unremarkable homemaker, Carol White (Julianne Moore) who develops multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS, also known as “Twentieth-Century Disease”).

Producer: Christine Vachon
Year: 1995
Director: Todd Haynes
Writer: Todd Haynes

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button_hyms (teaching resource – medically unexplained symptoms)

Boyle, Danny (dir). Trainspotting


A wild, freeform, Rabelaisian trip through the darkest recesses of Edinburgh low-life, focusing on Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit, and how the latter affects his relationship with family and friends: Sean Connery wannabe Sick Boy, dimbulb Spud, psycho Begbie, 14-year-old girlfriend Diane, and clean-cut athlete Tommy, who’s never touched drugs but can’t help being curious about them…

Producers: Andrew Macdonald
Year: 1996
Director:Danny Boyle
Writer: John Hodge

button_hyms (teaching resource – drug use)

Eyre, Richard (dir). Iris


A biographical film that tells the story of novelist Iris Murdoch and her relationship with John Bayley. The film contrasts the start of their relationship, when Murdoch (Kate Winslet) was an outgoing, dominant individual as compared to her timid and scholarly partner Bayley (Hugh Bonneville), and their later life, when Murdoch (Judi Dench) was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and tended to by a frustrated Bayley (Jim Broadbent) in their North Oxford home in Charlbury Road.

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Allen Woody (dir). Sleeper



Sleeper is a 1973 futuristic comic science fiction film, written by Woody Allen and Marshall Brickman, and directed by Allen. The plot involves the adventures of the owner (played by Woody Allen) of a health food store who is cryogenically frozen in 1973 and defrosted 200 years later in an ineptly-led police state.

Producers: Jack Grossberg
Year: 1973
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman

button_hyms (teaching resource – risk factors for disease)

Allen, Woody (dir). Hannah and her Sisters


Hannah and Her Sisters is a 1986 American comedy-drama film which tells the intertwined stories of an extended family over two years that begins and ends with a family Thanksgiving dinner.

Producers: Robert Greenhut
Year: 1986
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen

button_hyms (teaching resource – doctor-patient communication and somatisation)

button_hyms (teaching resource – doctor-patient communication and anxiety)

button_hyms (teaching resource – infertility)

Brooks, James L. As Good as it Gets


New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighbouring gay artist Simon is hospitalised and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.

Producers: James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, Kristi Zea
Year: 1997
Director: James L. Brooks
Writer: Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks

button_hyms (teaching resource – obsessive compulsive disorder)


Haines, Randa (dir). The Doctor.


Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he’s successful, he’s rich, and he has no problems…. until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient’s perspective, he realises that there is more to being a doctor than surgery and prescriptions.

Producers: Laura Ziskin
Year: 1991
Director: Randa Haines
Writer: Robert Caswell

Howard, Ron (dir). A Beautiful Mind.

Mike Hardey HYMS: Russell Crowe (oddly) plays John Forbes Nash a brilliant mathematician and economist. His real life was forever changed when he developed schizophrenia.

Director: Ron Howard
Studio:    Universal
Year: 2001

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button_hyms (teaching resource – coping with a partner’s illness)