This book, The Daemon, A Guide to Your Extraordinary Secret Self by Anthony Peake, expands on the proposition suggested in ‘Is There Life After Death?’ that all consciously aware beings consist of not one but two separate consciousnesses – everyday consciousness and that of the Daemon, a higher being that seems to possess knowledge of future events.
This book includes the stories of many famous artists, politicians, musicians and scientists who have felt a force outside themselves including Winston Churchill, Byron, Goethe, Jean Cocteau and many others.
The Delphi Device
The Delphi Device which features heavily in the film is based on a real-life device popularly known as the 'God Helmet' or 'Persinger Helmet' after it's inventor, neurologist, Michael Persinger.
"Most reports from Persinger's lab consist of people sensing "presences". There have also been reports in which the participant has experienced what they perceive as God. Persinger reports that "at least" 80 percent of his participants experience a presence beside them in the room, and others report less evocative experiences of "another consciousness or sentient being".
In Doctor Isaac's notebook she describes Sarah as potentially suffering from 'Jaynes Syndrome'. This is a term created for the film to describe a state of consciousness which allows the individual to communicate with their daemon on higher self.
The name 'Jaynes' is a reference to psychologist, Julian Jaynes, whose 1976 book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind was hugely influential in the study of consciousness. Philip K Dick described it as a 'stunning theory' and it was on of David Bowie's favourite books.
Several members of our the Daemon Mind crew made surprise cameos in the film. Ryan O'Halloran appeared twice - as 'Rotten Face Man' and as one of the 'Machine Elves'. Make up artist, JoJo also appeared as as one of the 'Machine Elves'
Several hand doubles were also used with Barbara Toschi (Producer), Lachlan Smith (Editor) and director (Jason Fité) all lending a hand.