Posted in: Psychology, Society
Madness In The Fast Lane
In 2008, BBC cameras filmed two Swedish sisters throwing themselves into traffic on the M6. When it was shown on BBC One, nearly 7 million viewers were glued to their screens, and millions more watched it later on YouTube. The footage was shocking. One previewer wrote “On no account miss this documentary. It opens with what is perhaps the most extraordinary footage I’ve seen on TV”. But this amazing footage was only part of an even more incredible story, one which could not be told at the time for...
Mad But Glad
Is there really such a thing as the mad genius? Can an illness be both a blessing and a curse? At seven years old, Nick van Bloss started shaking his head, grinding his teeth and making wild whooping noises. Nick had Tourette’s syndrome. No medical intervention helped him. But one activity stopped it all… The moment Nick placed his hands on the piano keys his symptoms vanished. By the age of 20, he was an award winning international pianist. He felt sure that his illness had made him the success he was. But...
Posted in: Psychology, Society
Louis Theroux: Hypnotists
Louis meets a Las Vegas hypnotist who claims he can make dreams come true and meets a California man who teaches chat-up...
Living With Size Zero
The celebrity trend for size zero has been criticised worldwide for encouraging women to starve in secret. This film explores the impact the trend is having on real people living real lives. From Kellie who is striving dangerously to achieve the skinny look, to Victoria who feels that her natural size zero frame is a poisoned chalice, this film exposes the contradictions surrounding women's perceptions of...
Living With ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most feared and misunderstood of all neurological medical conditions. Despite over 200 scientific papers being published on this neurological condition every year, it remains stigmatised and controversial. Yet some doctors don’t even believe it exists. One in 20 school children are affected by ADHD, and over one million adults in the UK are affected with the condition. It’s a complex condition where children find it difficult to concentrate or are...
Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women
Jean Kilbourne continues her groundbreaking analysis of advertising's depiction of women in this most recent update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series. In fascinating detail, Kilbourne decodes an array of print and television advertisements to reveal a pattern of disturbing and destructive gender stereotypes. Her analysis challenges us to consider the relationship between advertising and broader issues of culture, identity, sexism, and gender violence. Sections: Does the beauty ideal still tyrannize...
Jeffrey Dahmer: The Monster Within
Explore the crimes of one of history's most psychotic killers, a man who emerged from a normal suburban upbringing with a sickening hunger that could not be slaked. Views of shocking photos from the crime scenes. Features an exclusive interview with Dahmer's parents. Explore the forces that may have motivated one of the world's most vicious serial killers. He is one of history's most psychotic killers, a man who emerged from a normal suburban upbringing with a sickening hunger that could not be slaked. The...
J. Krishnamurti: The Real Revolution
This 30-minute documentary is the first from an original series of eight made for television in 1966. They were the earliest sound-films of Krishnamurti speaking to audiences. Jiddu Krishnamurti (Telugu: జిడ్డు కృష్ణ మూర్తి) or J. Krishnamurti (Telugu: జే . కృష్ణ మూర్తి, Tamil: கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி), (12 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was a writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual issues. His subject matter...
Posted in: History, Psychology, War
Inside The Mind Of Adolf Hitler
Inside The Mind Of Adolf Hitler is a documentary, with dramatised elements, looking at the psychological profile of Adolf Hitler compiled by a team of Harvard psychologists in 1943.The film interviews former colleagues and the former family doctor who had fled to the USA and using Freudian techniques and theories of the day they came up with a profile and predicted how he would react to certain situations, concluding that he would not surrender and would be most likely to commit suicide when faced with defeat.This...