Season

Psychosis on Screen

Please note: this season finished in June 2016
Psychosis on Screen

Psychosis on Screen is a season of three contemporary films depicting various experiences of psychosis. It aims to uncover the creativity often inherent in psychosis and to develop a shared, more human understanding of these sometimes frightening experiences.

There are many different perspectives about psychosis, a term that encapsulates many different human experiences - from voice hearing to other unusual beliefs. Sometimes people having these experiences need support from specialist mental health services. Psychotic experiences can help reveal the limitations of current science and medical knowledgeHow we understand such psychological difficulties has a rich and complex history, influenced by developments in medicine and psychotherapy, and by changes in social attitudes to madness and human distress. We know that people with serious mental health problems are more likely to be socially excluded, unemployed and have a shorter life expectancy than the general population.

Working together, Watershed and Bristol Health Partners have put together this season to increase awareness of psychosis. Psychosis on Screen ties in with the launch of the Bristol Psychosis Health Integration Team, which aims to improve the support, treatment, services and lives of people with psychosis in the Bristol area.

Previous screenings in this Season

Strange and wonderful, intimate and emotionally affecting, In the Real is an observational collaborative documentary which goes to the heart of the voice-hearing experience. Who, or what, are the voices that only these men can hear?

Read More - In The Real

French documentarist Nicolas Philibert (Être et Avoir, Land of the Deaf) sensitively filmed people suffering from mental illness at La Borde, a grand care centre located in a chateau in France.

Read More - Every Little Thing

Bleak and brutally honest, Lodge Kerrigan's brilliant drama chronicles the daily rituals of a disturbed man who feels responsible for the abduction of his daughter. An intense character study of a man whose life has been destroyed, leaving him mentally ill.

Read More - Keane