REEL ART: THE DEVIL’S POOL: MADNESS, MELANCHOLIA AND THE ARTIST

CECILY BRENNAN

Is there a connection between creativity and madness? Does being creative involve a risk of madness or is madness a prerequisite for creativity? 

This unusual documentary addresses the long-held public belief in a connection between madness and artistic creativity, combining a dramatised section with interviews with artists, researchers and academics. These interwoven strands contrast the chaos and torment of mental collapse with the careful rationality of psychiatric research and the views of working artists.

Interviewees include Dr. Simon Kyaga from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Professor Patricia Waugh of Durham University, the playwright Frank McGuinness and the poet Paul Muldoon. (Notes by Cecily Brennan.)

Screening as part of the Reel Art programme at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival 2014.

Tickets €11. Tickets for this event are only available to buy through JDIFF. Please telephone: 01 687 7974 or visit the website at www.jdiff.com

There is also an IFI & JDIFF collaboration presenting the work of William Klein from February 14th to 20th.

(Note: free list suspended.)

35 minutes, Ireland, 2013

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