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Closing Gala: Mad to Be Normal (N/C 15+)

26 February

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
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There was no more charismatic or controversial a figure during the swinging '60s than Scottish psychiatrist R D Laing. Dubbed “the white Martin Luther King” and the “high priest of anti-psychiatry”, Laing was as famous as Dylan. In 1965, he established Kingsley Hall in East London as a medication-free community for those seriously affected by schizophrenia. His methods, which involved experimenting with LSD on his patients and practicing a form of self-healing known as metanoia, flew in the face of a medical establishment that considered Laing a dangerous radical. Mad To Be Normal offers a powerful account of Laing’s Kingsley Hall experiment with a stunning performance from David Tennant that truly gets under the skin of an utterly compelling figure. Tennant’s nuanced, complex work conveys a sense of Laing’s immense personal charm and the combination of intelligence and arrogance that made him equally revered and reviled. The film also captures the darker side of a mercurial man who rarely made it easy for those who dared to get close to him, especially his lover Angie (Elisabeth Moss). A magnificent ensemble cast includes heartrending performances from Michael Gambon and Gabriel Byrne.

Doors: 18:45 
Audience seated: 19:15
Film starts: 19:30 
Tickets: £15 / £13 concessions

Robert Mullan, David Tennant and other cast members to be announced will be in attendance at the event. Price includes entry to the after-party (over 18s only) at CCA Glasgow, on presentation of your ticket stub. Maximum 4 tickets per transaction.

  • Director Robert Mullan
  • Cast David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon
  • Certification N/C 15+
  • Running time 1h46m
  • Country UK
  • Language English
  • Year of production 2016
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