Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie built a career on making science documentaries, reflecting her staunchly rational mind. Then one evening she had a haunting dream of her horse dying, waking to discover that her beloved horse had passed away that same night. Shaken, she tried to pass it off as mere coincidence. But then she had another disturbing slumber, a nightmare where her deceased ex-husband predicts that she will die at age 48. After a foreboding doctor’s visit, and with her 49th birthday mere months away, she starts to wonder about the explanatory power of dreams and their impact on her own mortality. In Edge of Dreaming, Amy looks for answers everywhere, from leading biologists (Professor Irving Weissmann of Stanford) and neuroscientists (Dr. Mark Solms of the Royal London School of Medicine) to the more spiritual solutions of a pagan shaman. With the love and support of her family, Amy chronicles her quest to untangle the knots in her unconscious and the meaning of her destabilizing dreams.
Lyrical and poetic. -The Huffington Post
Mesmerizing and unforgettable. -BBC Movie Cafe
"The Edge of Dreaming" is not the confession of a true believer who has found the Answer but of an intelligent woman with an open mind and heart who embarked on serious metaphysical quest." -NY Times, Stephen Holden
"A metaphysical inquiry grounded in the real world, this introspective POV documentary explores the sometimes uncanny relationship of dreams to waking life. Rattled by a dream in which her late partner forecasts her impending death, Scottish science documentarian Amy Hardie turns to neuroscience as well as a shaman for insight. When she's hospitalized with a progressive lung disorder, her investigation assumes an urgent gravity. Poetic, hallucinatory effects and a candid, intimate perspective distinguish the film from new-age flakery. Ms. Hardie doesn't solve any mysteries, but she does open an unexpected pathway to healing and conveys a moving story in the process." - The Wall Street Journal
Runtime: 73 minutes