The Sleep Room (1998 film)
The Sleep Room was a 1998 Canadian Broadcasting Company television movie about experiments on Canadian mental patients that were carried out in the 1950's and 60's by Donald Ewan Cameron and funded by the CIA's MK Ultra program. It originally aired as a miniseries and is based on the book In The Sleep Room: The Story of CIA Brainwashing Experiments in Canada by Anne Collins.
The first half of the film details the evolution of Cameron's experiments using a procedure he called psychic driving which included continuous loop taped messages while the patients were under the influence of curare and LSD, as well as intensive electroshock treatments. The second half covers the legal efforts of the patients and their attorneys in the 1980's to obtain a settlement. The film was directed by Anne Wheeler and starred Leon Pownall, Macha Grenon, Nicola Cavendish, Donald Moffat, Diego Matamoros and Marina Orsini. It won several Gemini awards, including best television movie, best direction, best performance, best sound, and outstanding special effects in make-up.
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- Ray Conlogue, "'The Sleep Room's Missing Memories", The Globe and Mail (Toronto), 1998-01-10, page C2
- "The Sleep Room", The Canadian Historical Review, Volume 80, Number 4, December 1999 pp. 698-705
- Remarks by James C. Turner Inauguration of the Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Chair of Public Interest Law April 12, 1999
- Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Gemini Awards Database