The Doctor Who Hears Voices
Dr Rufus May believes he can cure mental illness. In fact, he doesn t believe insanity is an illness at all. He thinks madness is as an expression of an individual s humanity. And he s an expert in the subject, not only because he s a qualified clinical psychologist, but also because Rufus May is mad himself. Diagnosed with acute schizophrenia and sectioned at 18, his present-day, post- recovery , controversial methods include talking to the voices inside patients heads, encouraging paranoia and supporting delusional behaviour. The Doctor Who Hears Voices explores what it means to be schizophrenic when you don t believe your own diagnosis and are now diagnosing others. Using an extraordinary mix of real interviews with mental health key workers and Rufus parents, actors and documentary footage of Dr May at work, this powerful and gripping film attempts to examine the mystery of madness.
Broadcaster: Channel Four Television Corporation