Date: Sat 28 June
Venue: Clapham Picturehouse
Duration: 95 mins
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In 1971, filmmaker Peter Robinson entered radical psychiatrist R. D. Laing’s controversial Archway Community – where the inmates literally ran the asylum. In a rare cinema screening, this utterly engrossing documentary records their seven-week stay, testing Laing’s conviction that mentally ill people can only heal their shattered ‘self’ in a space where they are free.
The screening is co-presented and introduced by Mental Fight Club and Adrian Laing, RD Laing's son and author of the novel Rehab Blues and the biography 'RD Laing: A Life'.
Following the screening Adrian Laing will be joined by critical psychologist Dr David Harper for conversation and a Q and A.
Co-curated by Peter Thomson
Dir. Peter Robinson, UK, 1965
Anxiety often arises when we feel we are in the wrong place or the wrong time; these films explore questions of home, place and crossing borders within ourselves and within society.