David Tennant as R.D. Laing in Mad to Be Normal - (c) Gizmo Films - Photo Credit: Paul Stephenson
David Tennant as R.D. Laing in Mad to Be Normal – (c) Gizmo Films – Photo Credit: Paul Stephenson

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.

David Tennant as R.D. Laing in Mad to Be Normal - (c) Gizmo Films - Photo Credit: Paul Stephenson
David Tennant as R.D. Laing in Mad to Be Normal – (c) Gizmo Films – Photo Credit: Paul Stephenson


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



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Susan Hewitt
Susan Hewitt is the Editor and Site Owner of Blogtor Who. She has loved all Doctor Who for over 5 decades now. Prisoner, Blake-7, Space-1999, Star Wars and Star Trek were also huge favourites. Her favourite Doctor is Tom Baker with Peter Capaldi following in a close second. However, David Tennant does rank as one of her favourite actors particular due to his brilliant work in theatre. She followed her heroes and became an Electrical Engineering in the semiconductor industry and worked for ATI, AMD and ARM. She is the CTO of Ryff when she isn't writing or editing Blogtor Who.


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