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GNOSIS RETREAT CENTER PRESENTS MAD TO BE NORMAL: THE LOS ANGELES PREMIERE
|Film in Santa Monica|
Address: 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90404
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Gnosis Retreat Center Presents
Mad to Be Normal: The Los Angeles Premiere
The Story of R.D. Laing and Kingsley Hall
Featuring a Panel Discussion with Friends of R.D. Laing, Michael Guy Thompson, Fritjof Capra, and Nita Gage
May 26th 2018 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cocktail Reception 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Moss Theater at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90404
Gnosis Retreat Center would like to invite you to the Los Angeles Premiere of Mad to Be Normal. All proceeds go to Gnosis Retreat Center and support sanctuary and community for people with altered and distressing experiences of reality.
Mad to Be Normal is the story of controversial Scottish psychiatrist, R.D. Laing and the infamous anti-psychiatry experiment he ran at Kingsley Hall- a medication-free sanctuary which made headlines around the world.
During the 1960s and 1970s Laing was an international celebrity. In Santa Monica, 4,000 people turned out to see him perform a lecture, a week after Bob Dylan had pulled in the same number.
His books topped student reading lists the world over, as his language excited and enthralled them: “a child born today stands a 10 times greater chance of being admitted to a mental hospital than to a university… perhaps it is our very way of educating them that is driving them mad… [and]…”so- called ‘normal men’ have in the last 50 years killed perhaps 100 million of their fellow normal men”. It was opinions like these which turned the psychiatric establishment against him.
The film takes an intimate look at what life was like in one of Laing's radical communities while at the same time profiling the controversial figure himself as he challenges the psychiatric establishment, making friends and enemies along the way. With the talented David Tennant (Dr. Who, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) cast as Laing, the story of R.D. Laing and Kingsley Hall comes alive on the silver screen as it never has before.
This Premiere, best of all, will host a panel of friends of R.D. Laing; people who lived in the houses started by Laing, worked with him, and knew him intimately.
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