Diving through the mind’s eye … sifting debris of the splintering
conscious … lurking in chambers of hope and memory …. spark ignites the
other in self … stealing dominion in fragile reality … both collide …
who shall prevail?
Director RUSCH MEYER was inspired by a visit to an old disused
sanatorium while scouting potential locations for his next project.
Exploring the long, dark, rotting corridors, the decaying rooms, he
found himself pondering on the contrasts of tragedy and hope which must
inevitably have coexisted in such a place, journeys taken inside the
mind which may never have been physically possible, parallel lives lived
in the imaginations of the people who worked or were admitted as
patients in the building, escaping in their own way the drudgery and
despair of their environment.
RUSCH MEYER says “I could sense the history of the place as I walked
around - so many stories of disease, death, but also of hope and
recovery. I started to imagine the different mental states inside a
person who might have worked or been a patient here. The idea for the
film grew from these thoughts, a journey between the subconscious and
Inviting some key collaborators to join him on the project, he
returned to the old sanatorium to realise his vision and to begin to
capture and create his exploration into the surreal world of “Alter