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Krishnan, Tinge (dir). Shadowscan

Two junior NHS workers are in the middle of a night shift and dealing with it in different ways. Satinda is tired and put upon while Amir is seemingly cheerful and helps pick her up. However Amir is also depressed and using drugs and self harm to help him get by. Eventually they both have to decide how to deal with their stressful lives and to live with the consequences.

The BAFTA award-winning Shadowscan (Channel 4, 18/12/2001) is director Tinge Krishnan‘s third short film. A surreal portrait of the Accident and Emergency department of a city hospital, Shadowscan is partly based on Tinge’s own experience as a junior doctor.

Director:    Tinge Krishnan
Production Company:    Disruptive
Producers:   Gary A. Holding,  Justine Leahy
Script:    Tinge Krishnan
Director of Photography:  Robbie Ryan
Year: 2001

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Chekhov, Anton. [Coulehan, Jack (ed).] Chekhov’s Doctors: A Collection of Chekhov’s Medical Tales

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In his brief life, Chekhov was a doctor, essayist, dramatist and a humanitarian. He saw no conflict between art and science or art and medicine. This collection of stories presents powerful portraits of doctors in their everyday lives, struggling with their own personal problems.

Publisher: Kent State University Press
Year: 2003
ISBN-10: 0873387805

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Dardenne, Jean-Pierre, Dardenne Luc (dir). Two days, one night.

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Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

Year: 2014
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Writer: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

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Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury

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Depicting the gradual disintegration of the Compson family through four fractured narratives, The Sound and the Fury explores intense, passionate family relationships where there is no love, only self-centredness. At its heart this is a novel about lovelessness – ‘only an idiot has no grief; only a fool would forget it. What else is there in this world sharp enough to stick to your guts?’

Publisher: Vintage Classics
Year: 1995
ISBN-10: 0099475014

Redford, Robert (dir). Ordinary People

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The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.

Producers: Ronald L. Schwary
Year: 1980
Director: Robert Redford
Writer: Alvin Sargent

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Miller, A. Death of a Salesman

In the spring of 1948 Arthur Miller retreated to a log cabin in Connecticut with the first two lines of a new play already fixed in his mind. He emerged six weeks later with the final script of Death of a Salesman – a painful examination of American life and consumerism. Opening on Broadway the following year, Miller’s extraordinary masterpiece changed the course of modern theatre. In creating Willy Loman, his destructively insecure anti-hero, Miller himself defined his aim as being ‘to set forth what happens when a man does not have a grip on the forces of life.’

Jonathan Lloyd HYMS: themes ageing, family, career, disillusionment.

Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0141182741

Zola, Emile. Thérèse Raquin

Janine Henderson HYMS: “Perhaps one of the most miserable books I have ever read, but gripping nonetheless!  Deals with human frailty really, guilt, grief, depression and finally suicide (and a mother with “locked-in syndrome” in the centre of the unfolding plot.”

Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN-10: 9780140449440

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Jamison, Kay Redfield. An Unquiet Mind

This work is a personal testimony from Kay Redfield Jamison: the revelation of her struggle with manic depression since adolescence, and how it has shaped her life. The book follows her through college, a love affair, her battle with the illness, bouts of madness, violence and attempted suicide.

Publisher:
Picador
Year: 1997
ISBN-10: 0330346512

Huyler, F. The blood of strangers

A collection of short essays set in the ER introduces a neurosurgeon who practices witchcraft, a trauma surgeon who commits suicide, a wounded murderer, and a man chased across the New Mexico desert by a missile.

Author: Huyler, Frank
Title: The blood of strangers
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press
Year: 1964
ISBN: 0520218639

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