Mad to Be Normal

Mad to Be Normal is a 2017 British drama film directed by Robert Mullan and written by Robert Mullan and Tracy Moreton. The film stars David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon, David Bamber, Olivia Poulet and Trevor White. The film was released on 6 April 2017 by GSP Studios International.

Mad to Be Normal
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRobert Mullan
Written byRobert Mullan
Tracy Moreton
Produced byCharlotte Arden
Peter Gerard Dunphy
Phin Glynn
Alan Latham
StarringDavid Tennant
Elisabeth Moss
Gabriel Byrne
Michael Gambon
David Bamber
Olivia Poulet
Trevor White
CinematographyAli Asad
Edited byLaurie Yule
Music byLaurie Yule
Gizmo Films
Bad Penny Productions
GSP Studios
Distributed byGSP Studios International
Release dates
Running time
106 minutes[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film portrays the story of Scottish psychiatrist R. D. Laing. Working out of Kingsley Hall in East London throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Laing performed various experiments on people diagnosed as mentally disturbed. His unconventional methods included a form of self-healing known as metanoia, causing controversy in the medical profession and later radically changing perceptions of mental health around the world.


  • David Tennant as R. D. Laing
  • Elisabeth Moss as Angie Wood
  • Gabriel Byrne as Jim
  • Michael Gambon as Sydney Kotok
  • David Bamber as Dr. Meredith
  • Olivia Poulet as Maria
  • Trevor White as Bryan
  • Rebecca Gethings as Jane Simons
  • Nigel Barber as Dr. Bloom
  • Caitlin Innes Edwards as Mrs. Kotok
  • Adam Paul Harvey as Paul Zemmell
  • Jerome Holder as John Holding
  • Kelby Keenan as Olivia Kennan
  • James Utechin as Sam
  • Helen Belbin as Amelia
  • Lydia Orange as Sarah
  • Matthew Jure as Richard Long
  • Jamie Edgerton as Barman
  • Darren Whitfield as Cockney
  • Alex Walton as Sean
  • Tom Richards as Raymond
  • Linda Hargreaves as Mrs. Holding
  • Isaac Benn as R. D.Laing as a Child
  • Aaron Taylor as Pieter Kotok
  • Alexandra Finnie as Suzie Laing
  • Declan Wilson as Mr. Holding
  • Lanna Joffrey as Eleanor Goodhart
  • Maya Chesca Miles as Fran Klein
  • Sam Booth as Alex
  • Lucie Glynn as Joan
  • Ruby Winter as Karen Laing
  • Cia Allan as Mrs. Walker
  • Redford Glynn as Baby Gabriel
  • Wendy Barrett as Anne Laing
  • Peter F. Gardiner as David Laing
  • Nicola Kemp-Simonds as Nina


The film premiered at the Glasgow Film Festival on 26 February 2017.[2] The film was released on 6 April 2017 by GSP Studios International.[1]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 64% based on 22 reviews, and an average rating of 6.3/10.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Mad to Be Normal Review". Hollywood Reporter. 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  2. ^ "David Tennant's R.D. Laing Biopic 'Mad to Be Normal' to Close Glasgow Film Festival". Hollywood Reporter. 2017-01-05. Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  3. ^ "Mad to be Normal (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 February 2018.

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