Inside the Asylum
The extraordinary documentary film Titicut Follies (1967) portrays the existence of occupants of Bridgewater State Hospital for the criminally insane, USA, as it was in the 1960s.
It was in the 1970s that radical psychiatrist Franco Basaglia led a movement to reform the asylum system. Wiseman's film captures the need for these changes and the damage done by institutions the world over to the bodies and minds of their inhabitants.
It is a document of great and troubling power.
The film will be followed by a panel debate to discuss de-institutionalisation, the role of the asylum and the ethics of the film itself. The panel will include John Foot, University of Bristol historian and author of The Man Who Closed the Asylums (Verso, 2015); Ben Anthony, from the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Trust; Nathan Filer, writer and author of The Shock of the Fall (The Borough Press, 2014); and Judy Laing, expert on mental health from the University of Bristol Law School.
Please be aware that this film contains very sensitive material that some may find upsetting. Titicut Follies is classified as Unrated but is not recommend for under 18s
Photo credit: Alessandro Rampazzo via Flickr.
The venue has ramped access and wide aisled toilet at the front of the building. There is also a hearing induction loop installed. If you require the hearing induction loop please email us at least one week in advance of the event to let us know.
Note that there will be photography and filming taking place at the event. If you would prefer not to be filmed or featured in any of this material please let us know. We will also contact you after the event to ask for feedback. If you are not happy to be contacted let us know and we will remove you from the list.
The venue has a licensed bar and street food will be available.
This project is a collaboration between the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research, the Life of Breath project and the Public Engagement team at the University of Bristol and is made possible through the generous support of the Wellcome Trust.