We just got back from the UK premiere of Neurons to Nirvana which was held at London’s Soho Hotel on Monday May 12th 2014.

The invitation-only event filled the 100-seat theatre with a wide spectrum of influential guests, from prominent lawyers and high profile media personalities, to drug policy campaigners, financiers, writers, filmmakers, scientists, doctors, psychotherapists and a Roman Catholic priest.


Notable attendees included TV celebrity chef, champion of ‘real food’ and sustainability campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall; property developer Viscount Christopher Portman; philanthropist and financier Ben Goldsmith; leading scientific researchers, such as Professor Valerie Curran, Dr Robin Carhart-Harris and Dr David Luke; Chairman of the UK Soil Association Craig Sams and his brother, the writer Greg Sams; biologist Rupert Sheldrake and his wife Jill Purce.

David Nutt, Amanda Feilding & Rick Doblin

David Nutt, Amanda Feilding & Rick Doblin

The film was extremely well received and led to a fascinating 45-minute Q & A session after short presentations from the three eminent panelists: the UK government’s ex-Chief Drug Advisor Professor David Nutt; Amanda Feilding from the UK Beckley Foundation and Dr Rick Doblin from MAPS (Multi-Disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) in the US.

“An extraordinary film”

-Prof David Nutt

David Nutt applauded it as ‘an extraordinary film’, which he would like to make part of his teaching curriculum and ‘compulsory viewing for all medical students.’ Supporting the core messages of the film, Amanda Feilding affirmed that ‘with science, we will break down the taboo’ surrounding psychedelic medicines.

“With science, we will break down the taboo”

-Amanda Fielding

Rick Doblin predicted that there would be FDA approval for MDMA and psilocybin by 2021, followed by psychedelic clinics appearing around the world over the following 20 years.

Mangu TV’s founder and N2N producer Giancarlo Canavesio with Amanda Feilding

Mangu TV’s founder and N2N producer Giancarlo Canavesio with Amanda Feilding

The assembled were all then invited to share their knowledge and expertise over drinks and canapés in one of the hotel’s reception rooms. Ben Goldsmith reported: ‘I loved the film. Congratulations. And I am completely on-side with all the arguments you have laid out.’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstallreally enjoyed the film’ and highlighted the ‘fantastic and compelling interviews’. Christopher Portman referred to ‘very, very impressive and important work, skillfully presented’, which he believes ‘to be critically important for all of us.’

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall with Magu.TV’s Rory Spowers

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall with Mangu.TV’s Rory Spowers

The event had always been designed to be more than just a screening, with a clear objective to win over potential influencers in the ongoing movement to re-schedule psychedelic medicines. This was validated on the night itself, when Rick Doblin announced that an £80,000 donation had been secured from Beckley Foundation and MAPS for the MDMA trials to be conducted at Cardiff University for treatment-resistant PTSD. We anticipate similar developments to follow in other areas, due to the overwhelmingly positive reactions the film provoked.

The event was coordinated by Rory Spowers, filmed by Cosmo Feilding and photographed by Jethro Tanner.

For more information and to view the film please visit: neuronstonirvana.com