Mental Illness

*contains spoilers Let’s take a look at a couple of movies which deal with medications. Firstly, there’s Misconduct (2016) which shows how the law and big pharmaceutical corporations remain credible in the eyes of the public and the world through manipulation of the law. Then second is Side Effects (2013) which shows the trickle-down effect…

Read more The Prescription for Misconduct (2016) may have killer Side Effects (2013)

*contains spoilers The Linda Blair (1959-) movie Dead Sleep (1990) looks into a part of Australian medical history which should not be forgotten like this movie unfortunately is. The fundamental question of whether a family and the patient themselves should listen and take psychiatric treatment and advice as the gospel truth and not just as…

Read more The Aussie Cult of Actress Linda Blair in Dead Sleep (1990)

*contains spoilers Bipolar and bisexual actor Jack Cassidy (1927-76 burned to death) was the father of pop star David Cassidy (1950-2017 liver failure) and he seemed to be on the verge of something big in terms of his character acting career just before he died in an inferno in his West Hollywood penthouse apartment sparked…

Read more The Cult of Actor Jack Cassidy in The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)

*contains spoilers It could be said that writer and director Dennis Potter’s (1935-94 pancreatic cancer) movie Secret Friends (1991) is about the evolution of schizophrenia in the individual from childhood, where the beginnings are laid in the mind and, finally, how it hatches into adolescent or adult madness. It is also about the individual coming…

Read more The Schizophrenic Cult of Director Dennis Potter’s Secret Friends (1991)

*contains spoilers and course language “We were the three musketeers of the film scene,” said Brisbane born actor Richard Moir (1950-) about himself, director Esben Storm (1950-2011 heart problems) and producer/director Haydn Keenan (1951-). For a period, from their late teens onwards they worked and socialised together, creating some classic Australian cinema. The three of…

Read more The Cult of Director Esben Storm’s 27A and In Search of Anna (Part One)

*contains spoilers After this rare foray into comedy, Forbes wrote and directed the excellent The Whisperers (1967). Again, he has helped his lead actress, this time Edith Evans (1888-1976), deliver a performance which was nominated for an Oscar. She lost to Katherine Hepburn in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) in the usual sympathy vote.…

Read more Actor/Director Bryan Forbes Takes Over the Asylum (Part Two)