Cinematic Representations of Mental Illness

Duration: 120 min

Six weeks on Wednesdays from 26 Sep, 7–9pm
The course will take place in the Community Room at Crouch End Picturehouse

Lecturer: Mary Wild

Mental illness is one of the leading causes of the overall disease burden worldwide. Depression, anxiety and substance abuse are reported to be among the main drivers of disability in Western countries. Compared to other art forms, the film medium possesses a unique capacity to showcase the complexity of human emotion, and so occupies a privileged position in relating the subjective experience of mental distress.

In this course, a selection of films portraying psychiatric diagnoses will be explored, with information provided on the emergence and development of distinct clinical categories featuring anxiety, depression, psychosis, addiction, narcissism and borderline personality disorder. In addition to in-depth content analysis of visual material, there will discussion on the role of moving image culture in shaping public perception and social attitudes toward psychological disturbance.

Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown during weekly sessions:

Week 1 – ANXIETY:
Films covered: Safe, Adaptation, The Invitation

Week 2 – DEPRESSION:
Films covered: Girl On The Train, Three Colours Blue, Melancholia

Week 3 – PSYCHOSIS:
Films covered: Coherence, The Machinist, Unsane

Week 4 – ADDICTION:
Films covered: Shame, Requiem For A Dream, Factory Girl

Week 5 – NARCISSISM:
Films covered: To Die For, Gone Girl, American Psycho

Week 6 – BORDERLINE:
Films covered: Single White Female, Thirteen, Fatal Attraction

Tickets are £70 for the full six week course (£65 concession / £60 Picturehouse Members).



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