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MIPTV Picks 2015 – Being Bipolar

This film takes a close look at the rise in diagnoses of bipolar disorder in the UK, and offers a window into the experiences of those living with the condition.
April 1, 2015


Partners: Swan Films; distributed by All3Media International
Aired: March 2015 (Channel 4, UK)
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide excluding the UK
This film takes a close look at the rise in diagnoses of bipolar disorder in the UK, and offers a window into the experiences of those living with the condition. The manic highs and the crushing lows are seen here in vivid detail, as psychotherapist Philippa Perry explores the factors that may play a role in the disorder and examines the many questions that surround it. The recent airing of the doc on Channel 4 prompted debate from both general audiences and the medical community, and while some may not agree with the conclusions Perry reaches, the program goes some way towards illuminating the need to dig deeper and find answers.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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