The resurrection of dead dogs in Russia in the 1930s. An unstoppable heart in the US half a century later.
And now in London a hand-made heart attack. How a strange, paradoxical discovery is helping to save lives...

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Award from the Vedere La Scienza Film Festival in Milan!

We are very excited to win the Video for Web Award at the Vedere La Scienza Film Festival!
Milan's longrunning Science Film Festival open its doors tomorrow with films from all over the world about biodiversity, astrophysics and cosmology, life sciences, natural sciences, chemistry, environment and climate, history of science and many more.
If you are around - check it out!

Monday, 1 March 2010

FREE FOOTAGE FROM THE PRELINGER ARCHIVES - Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940)

We used 1940 film footage from the controversial cult film "Experiments in the Revival of Organisms", showing experiments performed by Soviet scientists reviving the lungs, heart, and even the head of dogs. It's in the public domain – one can find (and use!) this and thousands of other treasures in the wonderful Prelinger Archives. Thanks Rick!


Cutting off the blood flow to the arm by repeatedly inflating a blood pressure cuff appears to reduce the amount of tissue damaged during a heart attack, a new Danish study shows.

In a study of 142 patients being rushed to a hospital for treatment of severe heart attacks, the amount of heart tissue saved for those who got the treatment, called induced ischemia, was 30 percent greater than for those who didn't, according to a report in the Feb. 27 issue of The Lancet.

"For patients being transported to the hospital for acute myocardial infarction [heart attack], we inflated the blood pressure cuff for five minutes, relaxed it and repeated it four times," said study author Dr. Hans Erik Botker, a professor of cardiology at Aarhus University Hospital in Skejby.

Sunday, 14 February 2010


We are very excited that our film will be shown at the CinéGlobe Film Festival in Geneva, Switzerland - at the impressive CERN Globe of Science and Innovation!

If you are in Geneva, check out The Good Heart Attack:
  • CERN Globe, Tuesday, February 16 at 18:00
  • CERN Globe, Friday, February 19 at 12:20


The Wellcome Trust
Tom Ziessen and Rachel Hillman 

Documentary Filmmakers Group
Deborah Kingsland
Andy Glynne
Jenny Saunders
Mike Horlock
Kerry McLeod
Laura McIntosh
Amber Dobinson

Kevin Hull

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Jan Houldsworth and Julia Marcus
for a Media Prospects Training Grant

Prelinger Archives
for the brilliant 'Experiments in the Revival of Organisms'

The Heart Hospital, London
Michael Burbridge
Felicia Kwaku
Mr John Yap
Dr Bruce Martin
Jason Radley

The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute, London
Prof Derek Yellon
Dr. Niels Riksen
Marta Paiva
Dr. Vinod Venugopal
Dr. Vivek Sivaraman
Louise Theodorou

... and of course the Science on Film teams!
Khaldoon Ahmed and Dr James Logan with Blood, Tears And Sweat
Sasha Andrews and Jeanne Guiraud with Sound Waves
Steve Jackman and Bala Sirigireddy with Blood Sample
Oonagh Kearney and Adil Akram with Over My Left Shoulder
Nick Rutter and Dr Helen Cooper with Ginger
Dr Barry J. Gibb and Dr Emma Pilgrim with Life Support
Tom Mustill and Sarah Main with First Blood