Source: Los Angeles Times
The ravages of mental illness, and the toll it takes on both the sufferer and family members, have rarely been presented as vividly as they are in Sandra Luckow’s documentary, “That Way Madness Lies.”
A highly personal portrait of her brother Duanne, who began exhibiting signs of schizophrenia in his mid 40s (the condition usually manifests itself much earlier), the film delivers an unblinking assessment of the failures of the health, judicial, and penal systems to effectively address what is a growing national problem.
Luckow (best known for “Sharp Edges” about a teenage Tonya Harding) came to her love of filmmaking thanks to Duane, who obsessively started making short films and taking photographs as a teenager. Duanne later joined his father’s business restoring antique classic cars, but he never lost his love of filmmaking.
“That Way Madness Lies” includes numerous clips from iPhone video diaries that Duane began shooting as his condition took hold. They provide an uncommonly up-close and personal depiction of the debilitating effects of mental illness.
Read the story at the Los Angeles Times.
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