MAD TO BE NORMAL
Directed by Robert Mullan (Q&A after the film)
Starring Elisabeth Moss, David Tennant and Gabriel Byrne
The radical Scottish ‘anti-psychiatrist’ R.D. Laing once exhorted a patient admitted to his experimental treatment facility at Kingsley Hall in east London to ‘go mad.’ Laing, the subject of this compelling dramatic portrait directed and co-written by Robert Mullan, believed madness was “a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world,” and encouraged those drawn to his treatment – which shunned medication but embraced LSD – to be themselves no matter what mental turbulence might ensue. It was a variation on the radical communal living experiments being conducted around the world during the ’60s, but at Kingsley Hall the revolution was of the mind. As Laing, the Scottish actor David Tennant (Dr. Who, Broadchurch) is mesmerizing: brilliant, arrogant, magnetic, infuriating, and maybe more than a little mad himself.
Join us for a pre-film reception ($35 includes the film and after party) at Workman Arts (651 Dufferin Street)
British Council is co-presented Mad To Be Normal alongside Friends of the CAMH Archives, Sound Times and Toronto Psychedelic Society
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About the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival:
Canada’s original festival devoted to movies about mental health and recovery, Rendezvous With Madness returns this year with its boldest and provocative program yet! Rendezvous will venture into new frontiers of public awareness toward the mysteries of the human mind – offering audiences an opportunity to watch films inspired by recovery and engage in dialogues with filmmakers, mental health professionals and people with lived experiences. Literally, the mind reels.