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Psychological Documentaries


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Psychological Documentaries

  1. 1. By Lauren Anthony
  2. 2. What is a psychological documentary? <ul><li>A psychological documentary is one which looks at the mental state of mind of certain individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually presented in a reflexive format, psychological documentaries are usually presented with the documentarist in front of the camera, presenting and discussing to the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Documentarists often look at mental illnesses by researching into the topic, and interviewing those with mental disorders in prisons and psychological institutes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. I, Psychopath <ul><li>About a man, Sam, who identifies himself as a psychopath. The documentary investigates his assumption. </li></ul><ul><li>Ian Walker documented Sam, and takes him on a diagnostic journey to be analysed by psychologists and neurologists. </li></ul><ul><li>Ian didn’t consider the reality of spending time with someone with a serious personality disorder, and went straight into investigating Sam’s condition. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Mad Are You? <ul><li>This documentary takes 10 volunteers, 5 of which have psychiatric disorders and the remainder don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration of character traits, traits of mental illness and symptoms. </li></ul><ul><li>Expository and observational nature of the documentary. </li></ul><ul><li>Investigates the line between sanity and insanity to see whether the mental patients expose their illnesses or not. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Multiple Personalities <ul><li>Documentary by Michael Mierendorf 1993. </li></ul><ul><li>Looks at the severity of multiple personality disorder. </li></ul><ul><li>Mierendorf looks at why people with multiple personality disorder have their minds split and how life experiences affect the serverity of their condition. </li></ul><ul><li>A reflexive and expository documentary with a lot of detail. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Psychiatry: An Industry of Death <ul><li>Psychiatry: An Industry of Death is a documentary with a very controversial tone, on the horrors of psychiatry, of punishing and persecuting of the innocent and promoting Fascism, racism and atheism. </li></ul><ul><li>It was shown to be the foundation for the Holocaust, apartheid and for Communism. </li></ul><ul><li>Alleged to be a Scientology propaganda </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatrists in Nazi Germany essentially branded innocent people as ‘mentally unstable’. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles <ul><li>Theroux's documentaries have often experienced a disapproving reception due to their controversial and expository nature. </li></ul><ul><li>Made a documentary on paedophiles in a Californian mental hospital called Coalinga State Hospital. </li></ul><ul><li>Patients were shown to be having a very affluent lifestyle considering they had such serious convictions and mental conditions. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>At Coalinga, patients are given a fair amount of freedom; they are given a gymnasium, and a shopping mall inside the hospital. They are also allowed sexually suggestive images on their cell walls. </li></ul><ul><li>They are put under a series of tests to determine whether they are suitable for release. However, this is a very unlikely occurrence. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. Nick Broomfield’s ‘Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer’ <ul><li>Nick Broomfield looks at the life of Aileen Wuornos through an expository perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Was an American serial killer who killed seven men in Florida, claiming they raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a hitch-hiking prostitute. </li></ul><ul><li>She was convicted and sentenced to death for six of the murders, and this documentary looks at her life and her death in detail. </li></ul><ul><li>Investigation into Aileen's upbringing revealed drug-taking on a massive scale, alcoholism, truancy, a disintegration of family values, abuse and incest. </li></ul>