Tag Archives: schizophrenia

Campion, Jane (dir). An Angel at my Table.


In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education as a teacher but since she is considered abnormal she stays at a mental institution for eight years. Success comes when she starts to write novels.

Year: 1990
Director: Jane Campion
Writer: Laura Jones, Janet Frame

Cellan Jones, Simon (dir). Some Voices

The film’s central character, Ray (Daniel Craig), has schizophrenia. The story begins with Ray’s discharge from psychiatric hospital. Ray’s devoted brother Pete (David Morrissey) picks him up and drives Ray to his new abode, the spare room in Pete’s West London flat. Pete is a chef who works long hours in the café (a traditional ‘greasy spoon’ during the day and a trendy eatery in the evening) that he inherited from his father. He now has to find the time to take care of Ray and monitor the medication that controls the voices in his head.

Producers: Damian Jones, Graham Broadbent
Year: 2000
Director: Simon Cellan Jones
Writer: Joe Penhall

Bhave, Sumitra; Sukthankar, Sunil (dirs). Devrai

Devrai is the story of Shesh Shahi (Atul Kulkarni), a brilliant but eccentric man. While living with his family in a village in the Konkan region of the state of Maharashtra in India, Shesh becomes increasingly obsessed with a small patch of forest near his home which he calls as “Devrai” (meaning ‘sacred grove’ in Marathi) and starts o feel that the perfect harmony between the biological factors in Devrai offer a solution to the chaos which he perceives in the outside world. He is later diagnosed with schizophrenia and his younger sister Seena Gore (Sonali Kulkarni) tries to cure him by seeking professional help.

Producers: Schizophrenia Awareness Association
Year: 2004
Director: Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar

Howard, Ron (dir). A Beautiful Mind.

Mike Hardey HYMS: Russell Crowe (oddly) plays John Forbes Nash a brilliant mathematician and economist. His real life was forever changed when he developed schizophrenia.

Director: Ron Howard
Studio:    Universal
Year: 2001

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