Mad to Be Normal — Trailer


added: Wed, Dec 13th '17

Scottish actor David Tennant, of "Doctor Who" and "Jessica Jones" fame, is trying to heal the clinically insane with LSD in the trailer for "Mad to Be Normal."

The film tells the remarkable life story of 1960s Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing (played here by Tennant), who became a well-known counterculture figure in the U.K. for his "anti-psychiatry" methods, setting up a mental health clinic in London in 1965, where he offered unconventional therapy treatments to patients with serious mental and behavioral disorders.

Among his controversial "self-help" practices included restricting the use of antipsychotic medications. Instead, Laing would administer psychedelic drugs like LSD to several of his patients.

Also starring Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon, and Gabriel Byrne, the film is directed and co-written by British filmmaker and documentarian Robert Mullan, who had previously written a book about Dr. R.D. Laing for which the film is based.

"Mad to Be Normal" will be released digitally in the U.S. on February 16th.

David Tennant of Doctor Who fame stars as 1960's celebrity psychiatrist R.D.Laing who revolutionized the treatment of people diagnosed as "mad."

MAD TO BE NORMAL reveals the story of R.D. Laing, the famous psychiatrist and one of Scotland's greatest ever minds. Working out of Kingsley Hall in East London throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Laing performed various daring experiments on people who were diagnosed as mentally disturbed. His revolutionary methods involved experimenting with LSD on his patients and practicing a form of self-­healing known as metanoia, causing outrage and controversy in the medical profession and radically changing attitudes and perceptions of mental health around the world.


directed by   Robert Mullan

starring   David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon, Gabriel Byrne, David Bamber, Olivia Poulet

release date   February 16, 2018 (on VOD)

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