Please note: the video mentioned below is now private. Sorry about that. –Stella

The first behind the scenes feature for Mad To Be Normal gives us David Tennant, who plays R.D. Laing in this new film based on the controversial psychiatrist’s life, and his co-stars Elisabeth Moss and Gabriel Byrne, who talk about creating their characters and offer their takes on bringing this intriguing story to the screen. New clips are presented as well, so be sure to watch!

And good news for fans in the United States:


From Gizmo Film:

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.

Mad To Be Normal is written and directed by Robert Mullan and stars David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon, and David Bamber. It premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival on February 26.

In another clip, we see more of Gabriel’s character, Jim:


The film has a new website with lots of information about the cast and crew:

And here is a list of cinemas showing Mad To Be Normal in the UK starting now!

More news, reviews, and information about a US release in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! heart


  1. Thank you for sharing this video and informations about Mad to be normal.
    The movie sounds very interesting and I am looking forward to see it when it will
    be possible. Mental illness is a very important subject to examine.

  2. Sounds utterly fascinating. No Canadian release announced so far. Darn !


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