The official trailer for the new Irish documentary, Father of the Cyborgs, has been released, ahead of its world premiere at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival this Friday, 12th March.
Father of the Cyborgs looks at the fascinating life and career of Irish neuroscientist, Dr Phil Kennedy. In the late 1990s, he made global headlines for implanting several wire electrodes in the brain of a paralysed man, and then teaching the locked-in patient to control a computer cursor with his mind.
He was compared to Alexander Graham Bell in The Washington Post, and became known as ‘The Father of the Cyborgs’. He made the headlines more recently in 2014, when he travelled to South American and had tiny electrodes implanted inside his own brain, in order to continue his research. The documentary examines the ethics of self-experimentation, and the unintended consequences of a future where technology and human brains combine.
The documentary is the directorial debut of David Burke, who co-produces with Seán Ó’Cualáin. The pair previously worked together on the IFTA-nominated documentary, Crash and Burn.
Father of the Cyborgs is a Doc TV & Films production, in association with Screen Ireland, in co-production with RTÉ, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Science Foundation Ireland.
Wildcard Distribution will be releasing the documentary in cinemas in Ireland and the UK later this year.
The world premiere of Father of the Cyborgs takes place this Friday 12th March, at 7pm, at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.
Tickets can be purchased on the festival website: