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Mad To Be Normal Rated 15

Mad To Be Normal

Dir. Robert Mullan. UK, 2017. 1h 46m. Starring David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon, Gabriel Byrne, David Bamber.

Dubbed the “high priest of anti-psychiatry”, RD Laing was one of the most charismatic and controversial figures of the 1960s counter-culture. He was renowned for experimenting with LSD as a means of treating patients affected by schizophrenia. This film focuses on the foundation of Kingsley Hall as a medication-free community in an experiment which cemented Laing’s reputation as a dangerous radical in the eyes of the medical establishment. David Tennant gives a nuanced performance as the maverick psychiatrist in a film which captures Laing’s intelligence and charm but also his darker side.

The screening on Wednesday 3 May will be followed by a talk from Oxford University psychiatrist Matthew Broome and Q&A chaired by Science Oxford. This screening has SOLD OUT.

'David Tennant is on pugnacious, mercurial and beady-eyed form in this very interesting and absorbing film. It’s one of his best performances.' ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian