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11 July 2018

The man who saved the world.

by Jason Stone


How The World Went Mad: “Diagnosis” - 5 mins 42s

In this excellent film - the first of a series of six called 'How The World Went Mad' - filmmaker Rupert Russell explores the collapse of democratic norms in the US through the prism of psychiatric disorder. Recalling an experiment which involved researchers entering asylums to determine how easy or difficult it is to persuade medics and other staff that you don't belong, Russell reveals there is a fine line between what's perceived to be sane and insane.

Russell has a real gift for presenting complex ideas in a fashion which may break through the resistance of those who prefer simplistic, flawed solutions to the world's difficulties. Although this is clearly a partizan film, presenting - as it does - Donald Trump's election as a demonstration of a world gone mad, its lateral approach to the subject makes it seem less directly critical of those who supported him.

It's crucial that we begin to value a more conciliatory approach. It's hard to think of another situation where the victims of a con trick have been persistently vilified for being fooled. Instead of insulting those taken in by Trump's bluster, we need to start explaining why their view of him is mistaken. Within this sequence of short films, Rupert Russell has unveiled a style which may help us achieve this and DAVID would love to see these films achieve a wider audience. With the wind in their sails, they might just save the world.


Director: Rupert Russell Ⓦ (Missing Link Films Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Animation Designer : Aleksandra Kucwaj
Sound Designer: Markus Ffitch / Scott Johnson / Hannah Webster @ UNIT Ⓟ Ⓦ
Voiceover: Rupert Russell
Written By: Rupert Russell

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