20, 2006 Great
Britain 2000. Director: Julien Temple
with Ramon Kubicek.
the delirious story of passion, betrayal, madness and addiction
that binds two of history’s most acclaimed poets: Samuel
Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.
The film opens in 1816, where Wordsworth (John Hannah),
about to be named poet laureate, is throwing a lavish party.
An unsteady Coleridge (Linus Roache), ravaged
by an opium addiction, crashes to the floor
November 15, 2006
USA/UK 1990. Director: Jane Campion
with Ramon Kubicek.
Jane Campion’s brilliant adaptation of Janet Frame’s Autobiography
Originally conceived of as a television miniseries, Jane Campion’s brilliant, heart-breaking three-part film adapts celebrated New Zealand author Janet Frame’s
three-volume autobiography. The first section, “To the Is-Land,” tells
of Frame’s poverty-stricken childhood on a New Zealand farm, where she
grows up chronically shy and awkward, acutely aware of being different,
and finds refuge in books and writing. In the second section, “An Angel
at My Table,” she dutifully enrols in teachers’ college, even though
she desperately wants to be a writer.
Canada 1976 . Directors: Donald Brittain, John Kramer
Post-screening discussion with Ramon Kubicek.
Special thanks to the National Film Board of Canada
English writer Malcolm Lowry (1909-57) exorcised his demons through writing and gin,
all the while fearing he would be engulfed by his fiction. Opening in
sobering fashion with the inquest into Lowry’s “death by misadventure”
(a coroner’s jury cited his death as “the result of combined effects of
gin, barbiturates and inhalation of stomach contents”), the film moves
back in time to trace one writer’s agonized voyage into oblivion.
September 20, 2006
USA/UK 1992. Director: Nick Broomfield
“Spalding Gray may be the ultimate WASP neurotic,
analyzing his actions with an intensity that would be unpleasantly
egomaniacal if it weren’t so self-deprecatingly funny. He questions
everything and ends up more exhausted than satisfied” (Michael
Kuchwara, Associated Press).
August 16, 2006 **Filmmaker in Attendance**
2004. Directors: Scott Milam, Todd Pottinger, Ken Harder.
Post-screening discussion with Todd Pottinger
Eccentric, larger than life, possibly autistic and a huge Johnny Mathis fan, Richard Peterson is a Seattle legend. Ten years in the making, Big City Dick
is a captivating journey into the life of Peterson, and is the latest
installment in the Frames of Mind summer series on outsider musicians.
July **Vancouver Premiere**
2005. Director: Josh Rubin.
Post-screening discussion with Luke Meat
Media Sponsor of Frames of Mind is CiTR 109.1FM
A journey through the thunderstorms of the mind of Larry “Wild Man” Fischer is the first installment in the Frames of Mind Summer Series examining the life and work of outsider musicians.
2004. Director: Susanne Bier
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Greg Passey
Sometimes keeping the peace can have catastrophic
results. Winner of the Sundance Audience
Award for World Cinema, Susanne Bier’s
Brothers tells the story of how a UN peacekeeper is
captured and faced with a bleak choice that leaves him a broken man,
and turns the dynamics of his family upside down.
May 4-7, 2006
From grizzly bears to psychiatric care, the Third Annual Frames of Mind Mental Health Film Festival focuses on a wide variety of issues relating to mental health and illness. Presented in partnership with the UBC Department of Psychiatry, the festival continues to grow in popularity and scope, and this year sees its largest ever presentation, with four days of screenings and workshops at Pacific Cinémathèque.
USA 2005. Director:
Post-screening discussion between
Dr. Harry Karlinsky
Co-sponsored by CiTR 101.9FM, Discorder, and
Big Smash! Music film Festival
David Bowie, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth, Beck, Matt Goening,
the late Kurt Cobain and an ever-growing cult audience are just some
of the fans of Daniel Johnton. An exemplar of brilliance
and madness going hand in hand, Johnston is an indie-rock cult figure
and cartoonist who has had a life marked by wild fluctuations, numerous
downward spirals, and periodic respites from his severe mental illness
(he’s been diagnosed with manic depression).
Canada 2005. Director: Pierre
discussion with Pierre
Co-sponsored by the
the Canadian Mental
Health Association, Vancouver/Burnaby Branch and The National Film Board
The media sponsor of Frames of Mind is The
The life of devoted father and celebrated poet Philip
Tétrault has been one of love, art and madness. Also
known as “Harry Two Hats”, Tétrault has schizophrenia,
and has endured long spells living on the streets of Montreal, as well
as time locked up in jails and psychiatric wards. But he has also developed
deep family bonds and friendships that have helped him come through
periods of incredible darkness, and have inspired his extraordinary