Here’s an interview I did with legendary British director Ken Loach, following the screening of his 1967 BBC Play In Two Minds for the Locating Medical Television: The Televisual Spaces of Medicine and Health in the 20th Century International Conference in November 2020. It was organised by ERC BodyCapital, Université de Strasbourg & the Science Museum Dana […]
The BBC In Two Minds
Across the ‘long 1960s’ period of the late-1950s to the early-1970s (Marwick 2005), opposing depictions of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and its apparatuses became a locus of controversy in escalating contention between the fields of psychiatric orthodoxy and the antipsychiatry movement. For example, the BBC were criticised for broadcasting both pro and anti-ECT propaganda after reports […]
On Being Sane in Unsane Places
On hearing the themes and films that have been seen to inspire, or, in some critic’s opinions, unspire the new horror film Unsane, it seemed to hold lots of potential interest for the Demons of the Mind project. But whilst the story and style of Steven Soderbergh’s latest does evoke 1960s’ films such as Shock […]
Are the Psychologies of the Moors Murderers Still Beyond Representation?
Last Friday (13th October) the High Court decided that serial killer Ian Brady’s body must be disposed of with ‘no music and no ceremony’. Chancellor of the High Court Sir Geoffrey Vos declined Brady’s wishes to play a rendition of Songe d’une Nuit du Sabbat (Dream of the Night of the Sabbath), the fifth movement […]
Why Demons of the Mind?
Our project Demons of the Mind (named after a 1972 Hammer Horror film) explores how cinema has engaged with and influenced public and professional understanding of mental health during the long-Sixties period, spanning the late-1950s to mid-1970s. […]