Unknown White Male

2005 / 88 mins / UK, US

What would it be like if you woke up tomorrow with no memory of today or any day since your birth? What would it be like to live without a history, without your experiences, relationships or past troubles? How would you feel if you could start your life over again, make a new set of friends, discover new talents, fall in love for the first time, see the world anew? This may sound like impossible fantasy, but to Doug Bruce it has been a catastrophic reality ever since he suffered a rare and profound form of amnesia.
On July 3rd 2003 Doug found himself travelling on the New York subway near Coney Island. He had no idea who he was, where he lived, what country he was in, he didn’t even know his name. He had suffered total memory loss. No doctor could offer an explanation or predict when his memory would return, although there is a 95% chance it will. In that moment 37 years of his life history, his family, his friends, every experience he ever had, was wiped out. Doug was reborn.
Filmed over one year by director and old friend Rupert Murray, Unknown White Male explodes the events of that fateful day and follows Doug as he rediscovers the world around him, as he travels from his new life in America back to Europe, his home for thirty years, to meet family and friends, to confront the past.


Director: Rupert Murray


Sundance Film Festival - Official Selection
Oscar Short List