Wide Awake is Berliner’s filmic plea to the gods of the land of nod – “Why can’t I sleep?!” A lifelong insomniac, Berliner’s impending fatherhood has him scrambling for solutions. Rhythmic sequences with innovative sound design weave together archival footage, interviews, family explorations, and dream visualisations, along with visits to sleep specialists and an overnight stay in a sleep lab. Always maintaining a sense of humour, Berliner also explores the soporific effect of his work on students, connections between sleep and death, and famous early and late risers. With the clock ticking towards the birth of his son, can he unearth the key to sleep without permanently disrupting his creative routine?