Gizmo Films has released a few pix from the new David Tennant biopic – Mad to Be Normal. Our sister site – David Tennant News – posted them earlier today but here’s your chance to check David Tennant in a full swinging 60s look, complete with a paisley green shirt.
Written and directed by Robert Mullan, the biopic focuses on psychiatrist R.D. Laing (David Tennant), the “Acid Marxist” of the 1960s and ’70s. From 1965 to 1970, Laing ran an experimental community in Kingsley Hall where patients with mental disorders and their doctors lived together as one. Kingsley Hall embraced the hippie culture and the psychotic and the schizophrenic had a refuge free of door locks and anti-psychotic drugs. But not necessarily all drugs. Several patients and doctors including Liang took LSD and smoked pot at the facilities.
Mad to be Normal also stars Elisabeth Moss, Gabriel Bryne, Michael Gambon and David Bamber. It is written and directed by Robert Mullen, executive produced Peter Gerard Dunphy and produced by Phin Glynn, Charlotte Arden, Alan Latham.
The movie is currently filming in Yorkshire,and London’s MMC studios. It is expected to be released later this year.
Mad to be Normal Official Synopsis
Mad to be Normal (Previously titled ‘Metanoia’) is the story of controversial Scottish psychiatrist, R.D. Laing and the infamous anti-psychiatry experiment he ran at Kingsley Hall- a medication-free sanctuary which made headlines around the world. During the 1960s and 1970s Laing was an international celebrity. In Santa Monica, 4,000 people turned out to see him perform a lecture, a week after Bob Dylan had pulled in the same number. A radio journalist confidently referred to him as the “white Martin Luther King.” His books topped student reading lists the world over, as his language excited and enthralled them: “a child born today stands a 10 times greater chance of being admitted to a mental hospital than to a university….perhaps it is our very way of educating them that is driving them mad… [and]…”so- called ‘normal men’ have in the last 50 years killed perhaps 100 million of their fellow normal men”. It was opinions like these which turned the psychiatric establishment against him.
Director: Robert Mullan
Producers: Phin Glynn, Charlotte Arden, Alan Latham
Executive Producers: Peter Dunphy