This film tells the true story of charismatic and controversial figure R D Laing (played by David Tennant) famed in the swinging sixties as the ‘high priest of anti-psychiatry’. Laing, in 1965 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 features a powerful performance of nuance and complexity that attempts to get under the skin of a compelling figure. With Elisabeth Moss (High-Rise, Mad Men, Listen Up Philip), Michael Gambon and Gabriel Byrne.