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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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