Tuesday, 16 February 2016

First official stills of David Tennant in Mad To Be Normal arrive online

It was announced last week that David Tennant David Tennant (Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire) was busying himself shooting a new biopic of psychiatrist R.D. Laing, called Mad To Be Normal. Now the first official pictures from the film have arrived.

Despite the title sounding a little like a dodgy romantic comedy, it is actually a biopic of world renowned Scottish psychiatrist Ronald David Laing and his colleagues at Kingsley Hall, East London in the 1960s. He pushed back against traditional theories of serious mental dysfunction, working from the idea that the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client were valid descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as symptoms of some separate or underlying disorder.

Writer and director Robert Mullan (Letters To Sofija), who has written several books on the man, penned the script and is directing, and this one has been bubbling away in development even before it was announced at the Cannes Film Festival last year. "I have long been fascinated by the life and work of R. D. Laing," Tennant told Screen International when the project was originally being promoted. "This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and discover this important man and I am honoured and thrilled to be involved in telling this story. Robert Mullan's passion for the subject is inspiring and the presence of the brilliant Elisabeth Moss makes this something I cannot wait to start work on." He no longer has to wait, as the film is now shooting.

Tennant is joined in the main cast for this one by Harry Potter co-star Michael Gambon, Elisabeth Moss (The One I Love), Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) and David Bamber (The King's Speech), and the cameras are rolling now.

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