That Way Madness Lies

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 7:30pm
USA 2018. Dir: Sandra Luckow. 101 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Sandra Luckow’s powerful new film concerns her brother’s diagnosis of late-onset paranoid schizophrenia. Post-screening discussion with Sandra Luckow and Dr. Randall F. White.

Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 – 7:30pm
USA 2013. Dir: Brian Lindstrom. 90 min. Blu-ray Disc

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! This heartbreaking documentary explores the controversial killing of James Chasse, a man suffering from schizophrenia, by three Portland police in 2006.

A Sister’s Call

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 –  7:30 pm
USA 2012. Directors: Rebecca Schaper, Kyle Tekiela

PREMIERE!  In 1977, Call Richmond, in his early twenties and only a
few months from college graduation, disappeared from the life of his
upper-middle-class Atlanta family. Over the next 20 years, only the
occasional phone call convinced the family that he was still alive. And
then, suddenly, Call reappeared — homeless, unkempt, and plagued by
paranoid schizophrenia. A Sister’s Call, filmed over the next 14 years, is the story of Call and of his younger sister Rebecca’s struggle to “bring him back to life.”


Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – 7:30pm
Canada/Great Britain 2002. Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Miranda Richardson, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave, John Neville
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Randall F. White.

David Cronenberg’s magnificent, bleak Spider stars Ralph Fiennes in a tour-de-force performance as Dennis Clegg, nicknamed “Spider” during childhood because of a fascination with arachnids. After thirty years in a facility for the mentally ill, he is released to an East End London halfway house, where he receives little care or attention …

Lost Down Memory Lane (Verdwaald in het geheugenpaleis)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 7:30pm
2010. Director: Klara Van Es
Post-screening discussion with Cathie Borrie, R.N. and Dr. Wilkins-Ho.
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! One of the first films about Alzheimer’s as seen through the eyes of those who suffer from it.

The Forgiveness (El perdón)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 7:30pm  – Vancouver Premiere!
Spain 2009. Director: Ventura Durall
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Roy O’Shaughnessy
ImageCleverly unravels the case of a 19-year-old paranoid schizophrenic who killed his father.

When Medicine Got it Wrong

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 7:30 pm
USA 2009. Directors: Katie Cadigan, Laura Murray
Post-screening discussion with Joan Nazif and Susan Inman

Co-sponsored by the Family Advisory Committee, Vancouver Community Mental Health Services.

When Medicine Got it WrongDirectors Katie Cadigan and Laura Murray’s hard-hitting documentary which provides historical context for our contemporary mental health care crisis.

About Face: The Story of Gwendellin Bradshaw

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 – 8:00 PM
** Please note this one-time only special start time of 8:00 PM **

USA 2009. Director: Mary Katzke
Post-screening discussion with Mary Katzke and Dr. Carolyn Steinberg
Co-sponsored by Richmond Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry.

About FaceA woman sets off to find her estranged mother, beginning what is a five-year journey towards healing and acceptance in this heartrending documentary.


Over My Dad’s Body

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 – 7:30pm
Israel 2007. Director: Taliya Finkel
Cosponsored by the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival Society

VANCOUVER PREMIERE  |  When filmmaker Taliya Finkel was young, she never knew for sure whether her Uncle Sterik was an impostor or a true member of the family. Her father claimed his real brother had been murdered in a Ukrainian prison — and that the KGB had stolen his identity and sent a substitute to Israel.

The Doctor Who Hears Voices

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 – 7:30pm
Great Britain 2008. Director: Leo Regan
With: Ruth Wilson, Rufus May
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Sean Flynn

Film ImageVANCOUVER PREMIERE!  │  Offering a disturbing and thought-provoking look at how society deals with mental illness, The Doctor Who Hears Voices uses a mix of documentary and drama to tell the true story of Ruth, a young doctor-in-training suspended from her job after telling her employers she has been feeling depressed and suicidal.