David Tennant's R.D. Laing Biopic 'Mad to Be Normal' to Close Glasgow Film Festival

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The 12-day festival will kick off Feb. 15 with the European premiere of 'Handsome Devil,' starring 'Spectre' and 'Sherlock' star Andrew Scott.

Mad To Be Normal, the biopic of famed "high priest of anti-psychiatry" R.D. Laing, is set to close this year's Glasgow Film Festival, having its world premiere in the Scottish city on Feb. 26. 

The film, directed by Robert Mullan and starring David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon and Gabriel Byrne, will examine the dark events that took place in Kingsley Hall, set up in East London by Laing in the 1960s as a medication-free community for those seriously effected by schizophrenia.

Also announced Thursday, the festival is set to kick off proceedings on Feb. 15 with the European premiere of coming-of-age drama Handsome Devil. Directed by John Butler (BBC comedy The Stag), the film stars Andrew Scott (SherlockSpectre), alongside rising names Fionn O'Shea and Nicholas Galitzine. 

The full program for the 2017 edition of the Glasgow Film Festival will be revealed on Jan. 18. 

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