A U.S Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Laeta Kalogridis
Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six-foot rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane – but he may be wiser than anyone knows.
Producers: John Beck
Director: Henry Koster
Writer: Mary Chase, Oscar Brodney, Myles Connolly
The original televison series was broadcast on the BBC in 1986, the six episodes merge ‘storylines’ from three settings a ‘pulp fiction’ thriller, childhood memory and the hospital ward in which the main character is being treated for his severe psoriasis. Many aspects of the work were drawn from experience, the writer Dennis Potter suffered from psoriasis.
Credits: Produced by Kenith Trodd and John Harris. Written by Dennis Potter. Directed by Jon Amiel. Original music by Stanley Myers.
Cast: (Includes) Michael Gambon,
Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley, Janet Suzman, Lyndon Davies.
Date: Originally issued 1986.
Records of people experiencing verbal hallucinations or ‘hearing voices’ can be found throughout history. Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity examines almost 2,800 years of these reports including Socrates, Schreber and Pierre Janet’s “Marcelle”, to provide a clear understanding of the experience and how it may have changed over the millenia. Through six cases of historical and contemporary voice hearers, Leudar and Thomas demonstrate how the experience has metamorphosed from being a sign of virtue to a sign of insanity, signalling such illnesses as schizophrenia or dissociation.
They argue that the experience is interpreted by the voice hearer according to social categories conveyed through language, and is therefore best studied as a matter of language use. Controversially, they conclude that ‘hearing voices’ is an ordinary human experience which is unfortunately either mystified or pathologised.