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 this clip from the Character Featurette for the film, we learn a bit about Mr. Byrne’s character, Jim:

The film’s website contains lots of information about the cast and crew. [The website is no longer available as of February 2019]

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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