Surface (2022): S01E01 – Ictus

Introduction

Surface is an American psychological thriller miniseries created by Veronica West for Apple TV+, and it premiered on 29 July 2022.

A woman’s quest to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt, and her struggle to understand all the things that led up to that moment.

Also known as The Girl in the Water (alternative title, Germany).

Outline

A woman’s struggle to remember and understand everything that led up to the suicide moment and the quest to rebuild her life.

Surface Series

You can find a full index and overview of Surface here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 29 July 2022.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Surface TV Series Overview (2022)

Introduction

Surface is an American psychological thriller miniseries created by Veronica West for Apple TV+, and it premiered on 29 July 2022.

A woman’s quest to rebuild her life after a suicide attempt, and her struggle to understand all the things that led up to that moment.

Also known as The Girl in the Water (alternative title, Germany).

Outline

After surviving a suicide attempt, Sophie has lost her recent memories, including the reason why she decided to jump, and she tries to piece together the reasons for her attempted suicide.

Cast

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Sophie.
  • Oliver Jackson-Cohen as James.
  • Ari Graynor as Caroline.
  • François Arnaud as Harrison.
  • Millie Brady as Eliza.
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Hannah.
  • Stephan James as Baden.
  • Markian Tarasiuk as Elliot.

Production

The project was given a straight to series order in November 2020, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw set to star as well as co-executive produce.

In June 2021, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Stephan James, Ari Graynor, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, François Arnaud and Millie Brady were added to the cast.

Filming for the series had commenced by 01 July 2021, in Vancouver.

The series premiered on 29 July 2022, with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest debuting on a weekly basis.

Surface Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Sam Miller … (4 episodes, 2022).
    • Kevin Rodney Sullivan … (2 episodes, 2022).
    • Tucker Gates … (1 episode, 2022).
    • Jennifer Morrison … (1 episode, 2022).
  • Producer(s):
    • Jim O’Grady … producer / Produced By (8 episodes, 2022).
    • Shannon Vayo … co-producer (8 episodes, 2022).
    • Jon Wu … producer (8 episodes, 2022).
    • Gugu Mbatha-Raw … co-executive producer (unknown episodes).
    • Lauren Levy Neustadter … executive producer (unknown episodes).
    • Veronica West … executive producer (unknown episodes).
    • Reese Witherspoon … executive producer (unknown episodes).
  • Writer(s):
    • Leigh Ann Biety … (story editor) (8 episodes, 2022).
    • Leigh Ann Biety … (written by) (1 episode, 2022).
    • Raven Jackson … (story editor) (8 episodes, 2022).
    • Raven Jackson … (written by) (1 episode, 2022).
    • Glenise Mullins … (executive story editor) (8 episodes, 2022).
    • Glenise Mullins … (written by) (1 episode, 2022).
    • Veronica West … (created by) (8 episodes, 2022).
    • Veronica West … (written by) (2 episodes, 2022).
    • Veronica West … (story by) (1 episode, 2022).
    • Veronica West … (teleplay by) (1 episode, 2022).
    • Dan Lee West … (story by) (1 episode, 2022).
    • Dan Lee West … (written by) (1 episode, 2022).
    • Erica L. Anderson … (written by) (1 episode, 2022).
    • Tony Saltzman … (written by) (1 episode, 2022).
    • Martin Zimmerman … (written by) (1 episode, 2022).
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
    • Claudine Sauvé … (3 episodes, 2022).
    • Elie Smolkin … (3 episodes, 2022).
    • Tami Reiker … (2 episodes, 2022).
  • Editor(s):
    • Matthew Ramsey … (4 episodes, 2022).
    • Rebecca Valente … (3 episodes, 2022).
    • Victoria Grimsley … (2 episodes, 2022).
  • Production:
    • Apple.
    • Hello Sunshine.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Apple TV+ (2022) (World-wide) (video) (VOD).
    • Apple TV+ (USA) (video) (VOD).
  • Release Date: 29 July 2022 to 02 September 2022 (Internet).
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: TV-MA.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Raising Bipolar (2010)

Introduction

Raising Bipolar follows four families raising children diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Outline

Follow 4 families raising children diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder:

  • A single mother whose son, 7 year-old Chase, has been hospitalised 6 times for a total of over 150 days;
  • A grandmother raising 4 kids diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder;
  • A little girl, Samantha, who was diagnosed at age 3; and
  • Kelsey, a courageous pre-teen who heroically manages her moods, even as she faces the intensifying social pressures in school.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Ben Howard.
  • Producer(s):
    • Eric Schotz.
    • Ruth Rivin.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Janson Media.
    • LMNO Cable Group.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Discovery Health Channel (US).
  • Release Date: 2010.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes (without adverts), 60 minutes with adverts.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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Mysteries of Mental Illness (2021): S01E04 – The New Frontiers

Introduction

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society. The four-part series traces the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. It explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and gives voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

Outline

Cutting-edge treatments for mental illness; profiles of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery, infusions of ketamine and modern electro-convulsive therapy.

Mysteries of Mental Illness Series

You can find a full index and overview of Mysteries of Mental Illness here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 23 June 2021.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Mysteries of Mental Illness (2021): S01E03 – The Rise and Fall of the Asylum

Introduction

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society. The four-part series traces the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. It explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and gives voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

Outline

The rise and fall of mental asylums in the US; the largest de-facto mental health facility in the US, its detainees and the realities of care both inside and outside.

Mysteries of Mental Illness Series

You can find a full index and overview of Mysteries of Mental Illness here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 23 June 2021.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Mysteries of Mental Illness (2021): S01E02 – Who’s Normal?

Introduction

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society. The four-part series traces the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. It explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and gives voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

Outline

The fight to develop mental illness standards rooted in empirical science rather than dogma; how science and societal factors mix with the ever-shifting definitions and diagnoses of mental health and illness.

Mysteries of Mental Illness Series

You can find a full index and overview of Mysteries of Mental Illness here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 22 June 2021.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Mysteries of Mental Illness (2021): S01E01 – Evil or Illness?

Introduction

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society. The four-part series traces the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. It explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and gives voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

Outline

Ancient conceptions of mental illness and the establishment of psychiatry; modern-day stories of mental illness, including an aspiring astrophysicist with schizophrenia a d a boxer with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Mysteries of Mental Illness Series

You can find a full index and overview of Mysteries of Mental Illness here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 22 June 2021.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Mysteries of Mental Illness Documentary Series Overview (2021)

Introduction

Mysteries of Mental Illness explores the story of mental illness in science and society. The four-part series traces the evolution of this complex topic from its earliest days to present times. It explores dramatic attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness and gives voice to contemporary Americans across a spectrum of experiences.

Outline

The attempts across generations to unravel the mysteries of mental illness, including its causes and treatments.

Throughout history to today, we have continued to grapple with deceptively simple questions about mental health: what is mental illness? From where does it come? And how can it be treated?

Around one in four people suffer from mental illness; an American is more likely to need services from psychiatry than from any other medical specialty. Yet a diagnosis of a mental disorder still carries a stigma that a heart condition or other physical ailment does not, largely because mental illness has been so poorly understood for so long.

Many Americans’ diagnoses have grown more acute during the coronavirus pandemic, and people who had been previously undiagnosed – including many who remain so – are now suffering for the first time from depression and other illnesses that have been exacerbated by the present-day crises. One of the most critical barriers to treatment is the stigma of mental illness.

Mysteries of Mental Illness Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Peter Yost … (4 episodes, 2021).
  • Producer(s):
    • Alex T. Ostroff … associate producer (4 episodes, 2021).
    • Peter Yost … producer (4 episodes, 2021).
    • Anna Auster … co-producer (2 episodes, 2021).
  • Writer(s):
    • Peter Yost … (4 episodes, 2021).
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
    • Tom Bergmann … (4 episodes, 2021).
  • Editor(s):
    • Anna Auster … (4 episodes, 2021).
  • Production:
    • GBH.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (2021) (USA) (TV).
  • Release Date: 22 June 2021 to 23 June 2022.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

Magic Medicine (2018)

Introduction

Can magic mushrooms cure depression? This documentary follows the first medical trial to explore the use of psilocybin as a treatment for clinical depression.

Outline

In 2012 a team of medical researchers asked themselves, “what would happen if we gave psilocybin (magic mushrooms) to people suffering from severe depression”? It took them three years to get the necessary permissions to find out.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Monty Wales.
  • Producer(s):
    • Lizzie Gillett.
    • Monty Wales.
  • Writer(s):
    • Monty Wales.
  • Music:
    • Christopher White.
  • Cinematography:
    • Monty Wales.
  • Editor(s):
    • John Mister.
  • Production:
    • Life Cycle Films.
  • Distributor(s):
    • Dartmouth Films (2018) (UK) (theatrical).
  • Release Date: 09 November 2018 (London, UK).
  • Running Time: 79 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

The Psychedelic Drug Trial (2021)

Introduction

With exclusive access to a ground-breaking trial, this film asks if psychedelic drugs combined with psychological support can help tackle one of the biggest medical challenges we face – depression.

Outline

The Psychedelic Drug Trial has exclusive access to a ground-breaking new trial at Imperial College London. The trial sees, for the first time ever under controlled conditions, a psychedelic drug tested head-to-head against a standard antidepressant as a treatment for depression.

The film follows a pioneering team of scientists and psychotherapists, led by Professor David Nutt, Dr Robin Carhart-Harris and Dr Rosalind Watts, as they compare the effects of psilocybin (the active ingredient of magic mushrooms) with an antidepressant (an SSRI called escitalopram) on a small group of participants with clinical depression. This is scientific research at its most cutting edge. With over seven million people being prescribed antidepressants each year in England alone, this drug trial is an important milestone in understanding a completely different treatment for depression.

Filmed over 16 months, this film explores both the immediate and long-term impacts of the trial on the lives of participants. It investigates whether psychedelic drugs combined with psychological support could help tackle one of the biggest medical challenges faced today and what it takes to conduct research in uncharted scientific territory.

How do psychedelic drugs measure up against the industry-standard antidepressants that have been popular since the 1990s? The empirical results of the trial are explored alongside the participants’ powerful lived experience.

About the Trial

All psychedelic drug use shown in this programme was part of a carefully controlled clinical trial under the supervision of specially trained psychotherapists.

The trial was run by Professor Nutt, Dr Carhart-Harris and Dr Watts and their team at Imperial College from 2019 to 2020. Fifty-nine participants took part, the trial is now finished.

The psychedelic drugs used in the trial are illegal in the UK and not available for medical treatment. You should always consult your doctor before you stop, change or start any new treatment.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Sam Eastall.
  • Producer(s):
    • Caroline Lai … line producer.
    • Alice Martineau … producer.
    • Anna Murphy … executive producer.
    • Sabine Pusch … edit producer.
    • Caroline Willis … line producer.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
    • Richard Jephcote … director of photography.
  • Editor(s):
    • Zoe Davis … editor.
    • Alex Spence … assistant editor.
  • Production:
    • Grain Media.
  • Distributor(s):
    • BBC Two (2021) (UK) (TV).
    • British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (2021) (UK) (all media).
  • Release Date: 19 May 2021 (UK).
  • Running Time: 59 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.