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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
Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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