David Tennant RD Laing biopic to close Glasgow film festival

Mad to Be Normal, about pioneering Scottish psychiatrist, also stars Michael Gambon and Elisabeth Moss

David Tennant (Broadchurch) will bring the curtain down on this year’s Glasgow film festival (GFF) with the world premiere of his latest movie about a pioneering Scottish psychiatrist.

Starring Michael Gambon, Elisabeth Moss and Gabriel Byrne, Mad to Be Normal is about the life of RD Laing, who was seen as a radical when he set up a medication-free community for psychiatric patients in London in the 1960s.

The 13th annual festival opens on 15 February with a screening of Handsome Devil, starring Sherlock actor Andrew Scott.

Tennant will attend the closing gala at the Glasgow film theatre on 26 February with director Robert Mullan and other cast members, to be announced later.

GFF co-director Allison Gardner said: “I am so excited to share the news about our great opening and closing galas. Handsome Devil is a real crowdpleaser with a joyous spirit that makes it a perfect film to launch the festival.“

David Tennant gives an absolutely stunning performance as RD Laing in Mad to Be Normal, and it seems only fitting that Glasgow should have the honour of hosting the premiere of a film about one of the city’s most complex, charismatic figures.”

A documentary series about the influential art writer John Berger, titled The Seasons in Quincy, has also been added to the GFF schedule after his death on 2 January.The documentary is the result of a five-year project by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe and Christopher Roth, in collaboration with the composer Simon Fisher Turner. Comprising four films on different aspects of Berger’s life, it will be shown on 24 and 25 February { . . . ]

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