Mad To Be Normal is set to tell us the story of world-renowned Scottish psychiatrist R.D.Laing (played by David Tennant) and his unique East London community at Kingsley Hall during the 1960’s.
For a little more background, RD Laing was one of Scotland’s most creative thinkers and in the 60’s and 70’s was the best-known psychiatrist in the world. His books topped the student best-seller lists in the States, he shared the stage with the Grateful Dead and was never far away from controversy. His psychiatric unit also dealt in treatment with LSD and he championed a ‘self-healing’ process which wasn’t well lauded for its obvious lack of science.
Tennant had this to say about his involvement in the film that also co-stars Gabriel Byrne and Michael Gambon:
“I have long been fascinated by the life and work of RD Laing. 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. [Director] 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.”
Mad to be Normal will have its world premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival on 26 February. Following that, it’ll have a one week exclusive run in Glasgow from 23 March with eventual UK-wide release on 6 April.