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About Mad To Be Normal

  • World Premiere – Glasgow Film Festival – February 26th, 2017
  • UK Limited Release – April 6th, 2017
  • US Premiere – Newport Beach Film Festival – April 21st, 2017

Mad To Be Normal Movie Poster (c) Scott Woolston
Mad To Be Normal Movie Poster (c) Scott Woolston

David Tennant has the lead role in Gimzo Films’ 2016 production Mad to be Normal(formerly called Metanoia).  Written by Robert Mullan, the biopic focuses on psychiatrist Robert David “R.D.” Laing,  “Acid Marxist” of the 1960s and ’70s. He took LSD, appeared with rock bands and established started a psychiatric community project at Kingsley Hall, where the divide between patients and psychiatrists was dropped and the two groups lived together.

David Tennant on the role – “ I have long been fascinated by the life and work of RD Laing. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and discover this important man and I am honoured and thrilled to be involved in telling this story. Robert Mullan’s passion for the subject is inspiring and the presence of the brilliant Elisabeth Moss makes this something I cannot wait to start work on.”

Robert Mullan, who has also written many books on the controversial figure, discusses Liang’s checked past: “In the late 1960s, and throughout the 1970s, R.D. Laing was seen as the ‘high priest of anti-psychiatry’ and the so-called ‘Acid Marxist’ – lauded by his supporters for his daring and experimental work with disturbed people. In truth, Laing simply tried harder than other psychiatrists to sympathetically understand the cracked minds of the people who came to see him. He gave them time and tried to see the world from their point of view. His books sold all over the world and his reputation was global”.

The movie began filming 1st February 2016 in and around Yorkshire including York University and at Scampston Hall.

Mad To be Normal received its world premiere at the 2017 Glasgow Film Festival on February 26th followed by a general cinema release in the UK on April 6th.

Cast & Crew Interviews

Mad To be Normal - Lucie Glynn, Tom Richards and Adam Paul Harvey (c) Gizmo Films

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