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Depression In The Movies

Great article in the Guardian about the representation of mental illness (and mostly depression).

“…genuinely accurate depictions of mental illness are still rare in all the art forms. Why? For the very good reason that real mental illness is boring. Depressives are toxic and dull. Manic depressives are irritating. People with schizophrenia or autism are largely indecipherable. Most of them are best treated not by charismatic psychoanalysts who carefully excavate the early, repressed trauma that has “led” to their illness, but by doctors who administer psychotropic drugs of one kind of another. Thus, dramatic narrative and the reality of mental illness rarely go hand in hand.” 

I have a personal stake in the issue, as I hope to shoot a film that will be a bit more true to life on these matters. The article mentions a Terence Davies film called Trilogy, which I’ve never even heard of, has anyone seen it? I want to get my hands on a copy.

I must also state that his description of the mentally ill character of Anne in Little Britain is off–yes we are laughing at her but it’s also questionable whether she really is mentally ill. That’s part of the joke, which this person seems to be missing.

5 Responses to “Depression In The Movies”

  1. Sam
    December 13th, 2006 | 5:48 pm

    “I want that one.”

  2. December 14th, 2006 | 12:55 am

    I think Proof was the most realistic movie dealing with depression that I’ve ever seen. I’m really not a huge Paltrow fan, but I think her blandness is perfect in that film.

  3. seasull
    December 15th, 2006 | 12:40 am


  4. seasull
    December 18th, 2006 | 3:42 pm

    i can’t wait to see all the father-daughter boatbuilding scenes in your film.

  5. December 21st, 2006 | 8:36 am

    i have also an article about DEEPresions…