Koyaanisqatsi (UK,1982). Directed by British director, Godfrey Reggio, with a hypnotic soundtrack by Philip Glass, this elegiac film-poem comprises stunning visual sequences by cameraman Ron Fricke. The stress and relentless exhaustion of modern industrial life is set against the awesome power of Nature, in this work produced by Francis Ford Coppola.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (US,1975). Directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher and Christopher Lloyd. This is based on the powerful anti-institutionalist novel by Ken Kesey, who was one of the prime movers of American counter-culture in the 1960s. Set in an asylum, it moves quickly and startlingly between comedy and tragedy (see also Book category).
Regeneration (UK,1997). Directed by Gillies MacKinnon from the novel by Pat Barker, and starring Jonathan Pryce. Set during the First World War, this film deals with the effect of warfare on the mind – mainly shellshock, included nowadays under the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although fictional, it is based on the work done at Craiglockhart Hospital in Scotland, with actors playing Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of the First World War poets.