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Heartbeat in the Brain (1970) is a film shot by artist and activist Amanda Feilding about her controversial self-trepanation in 1970.

In the film, Feilding, a 27-year-old student at the time, drills a hole in her forehead with a dentist's drill. In the documentary, surgical scenes alternate with motion studies of Feilding's pet pigeon, Birdie.

In 1978, Feilding screened the movie at the Suydam Gallery in New York and several audience members fainted during the climax.

The documentary, long time believed to be a lost film, was first publicly screened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London on Thursday 28th April 2011, followed by a showing of Marat/Sade (Dir Peter Brook, 1967).

The 1998 film A Hole in the Head contains footage from Heartbeat in the Brain.

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