Brain on Fire – Dir Gerard Barrett

Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Richard Armitage, Tyler Perry, Carrie-Anne Moss

This film is more than a film, it’s a public service announcement to ensure awareness around a treatable brain disease that is often misdiagnosed as pervasive mental illness.  Imagine being left in an institution labeled as schizophrenic, or worse in a catatonic state, for life when you could have been treated and led a normal life.  Very scary thought.

We can thank Charlize Theron, the film’s producer, for bringing this story to Gerard Barrett. Hesitant at first, he’s very glad to be part of the project. This film has many to thank including Dr. Najjar for uncovering the diagnosis, Susannah Cahalan for sharing her story and most of all to her family for failing to give up until they found a diagnosis that made sense.  Mental illness is a tricky thing to diagnose and Susannah is very fortunate her family sensed something was amiss to pursue a definitive diagnosis.

A worthwhile film all around.


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