The Devil’s Pool: Madness, Melancholia and the Artist

Cecily Brennan

Description

‘This documentary addresses the long-held public belief in a connection between madness and artistic creativity. The documentary combines a dramatised section with interviews with artists, researchers and academics. These interwoven strands contrast the chaos and torment of mental collapse with the careful rationality of psychiatric research and the views of working artists. Over the course of the documentary the film-maker compares the intellectual and measured observations of the experts, their words controlled and thought through, with a description of the descent into chaos and madness of a young artist ending in overwhelming depression and stasis. The interviewees include Dr Simon Kyaga from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Professor Patricia Waugh of Durham University, the playwright Frank McGuiness and the poet Paul Muldoon.’ (Sourced from http://www.cecilybrennan.com/the-devils-pool on May 16th 2016)

Details
Title

The Devil’s Pool: Madness, Melancholia and the Artist

Year

2014

Creator

Cecily Brennan

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Art, Documentary

Subject

Mental Illness, Creative Ability

Language

English (eng)

Duration

30 minutes

Original format

to be confirmed

Aspect ratio

to be confirmed

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

to be confirmed

Artist website

http://www.cecilybrennan.com/

Link to work

http://www.cecilybrennan.com/the-devils-pool