Madness Made Me

Down the end of the long polished corridor, Mary O'Hagan comes face to face with the condemning words written about her in her psychiatric files. Madness Made Me is a visual poem that grapples with two very different accounts of one person’s madness, and in doing so addresses issues of the power of language, asking: is there value in madness? Director Nikki Castle wtites: Madness Made Me is the cinematic exploration of a subject that often defies description. Through the exposition of two different accounts of one person’s madness – the doctor’s and the patient’s – a stark and frightening disconnect is revealed. Things may have changed in New Zealand mental health since the 1980s, in part due to the decades of work done by the film’s subject Mary O’Hagan, but societies the world... read more
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