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RUPTURE: Living With My Broken Brain

In 2007 former Bond girl Maryam d’Abo suffered a brain haemorrhage. The experience inspired her to make a film on survivors of brain injuries, giving a sense of hope to those isolated by the disease.  As she guides us through her personal journey of recovery, Maryam talks to others who have suffered brain injury, including Robert McCrum, former literary editor of The Observer; Pat Martino, jazz guitarist and music producer Quincy Jones.  Along with testimony of eminent neurosurgeons, neurologists, and neuro-psychologists,  these first-hand stories celebrate human life force and the will to survive.  Directed by Maryam’s husband, Hugh Hudson, who witnessed her illness, this film offers a unique insight into the fragility of the extraordinary human brain.


Directed by: Hugh Hudson
Voice over:
Nigel Havers
Maryam d’Abo, Hugh Hudson
Editing: Gigi Cone Welch, Francesco Dafano
Running time: 70’
Country: UK
Year: 2011

Contacts: Hudson Film Ltd, Maryam d’Abo
e-mail: – T:  020 7730 0002 / Mobile:  07779 296 966


“A personal film as the subject/host is the wife of the director. The fragility of human life is shown in the rawest of states, The film helps us understand the anguish and sorrow of profound pain and disability, as sufferer and family, in an unflinching and emotionally human way, yet always leaving a feeling of the sheer privilege of being alive.”

(Hugh Hudson)