Oddbodies’ have released their first feature-length version of Diary of a Madman online, and they want as many people as possible to see it.
The film was originally released in episodes online as a daily web series for the 2015 Mental Health Awareness Week.
Here’s what we’ve written about it in the past, as well as calling it haunting, darkly comic, and completely compelling:
The film follows Poprishkin, a low ranking civil servant with ideas above his station, who has fallen in love with the Director’s daughter. Coupled with delusions of grandeur and an inability to accept his lot in life, this obsession becomes a catalyst that sets him on the road to madness. A journey that is both absurdly funny and heartbreakingly tragic.
Adapted from the short story by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, this portrait of one man’s decline into insanity is intimate, authentic and ultimately very moving.
Shot over one week in a single room with a cast of one and a crew of three, the story takes the form of a series of diary entries, each one shot in a continuous take.
Interwoven with darkly unsettling hand drawn animations backed with increasingly disturbing soundscapes, the result is an utterly compelling piece that will stay with you long after you have finished watching.
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