All this changes when she is entrusted to act as guide for a new patient, the gorgeous Poppy Shakespeare. Then she meets glamourous new patient Poppy Shakespeare, an ad agency receptionist convinced she's not mad. The Fish still warehouses patients and the system still reduces them to symptoms. Will they make it over these unimaginable hurdles? All I done was try and help Poppy out. As the hospital becomes more dysfunctional, both its staff and interior design become more high end.
In order to survive the system, she must emulate the patients around her who are experiencing various forms of clinical distress but the more she emulates them the less likely the mental health system is to release her. The other patients oscillate between egging him on and ignoring him, while the doctors take the latter approach. Poppy Shakespeare Trailer 2008 31 March 86 mins N has been a day patient at north London's Dorothy Fish day hospital for 13 years - her ambition is never to leave. What next for our new friends? While she lives alone in her own flat, she visits the ward daily and spends the majority of her time with a familiar group of fellow patients. Her only ambition in life at least when we meet her is to be a patient there forever.
While many will interpret this as an ablist failing on the part of the filmmaker, the physicians and clerks in this film are no more three dimensional than the mental health patients. And though N clearly has issues, when she starts to wear makeup and fashionable clothes The Dorothy Fish tries to make N believe she is sane; N herself knows the deal, choosing to dawn these same visual cues when she goes to be an advocate for Poppy after being discharged. There is no happy ending here, neither Poppy nor N get their needs met. It aired for the first time in March 2008 and tells a story of failing mental health care and stigma through the eyes of Black British mental health patient Poppy Shakespeare and her guide through treatment, N. Â More subtly, the film contrasts the various stages of disarray of the Dorothy Fish patients with the increasingly sophisticated clothing and decor of the Dorothy Fish and its employees.
While he often outlines some of the core issues of the film, like questions about the warehousing of mental health patients, the privatizing of mental health services that leads to less care, and the permanency of diagnosis based on sometimes arbitrary review, his speeches are also riddled with general paranoia. My Review N has been a long term patient on the Dorothy Fish mental health ward for most of her life. They show up to the day center to sit in an empty rec-room and spin paranoid delusions about what the doctors are up to while they wait for their meds. We Anxiety August-ed too hard. And while she appears to be the most high functioning patient at the Fish, other patients with much larger issues are being released daily while Poppy is forced to keep coming to treatment. However, both women in this film are suffering both from the system that has taken over their lives and permanently labeled them and the internal issues that complicate the way they live their lives.
Does she believe this one should be committed? Any sign of independence that challenges this system is promptly discouraged or marginalized to the point of ineffectiveness, while quiet compliance is rewarded with continued meds. Alternative movies trailers for Poppy Shakespeare More movie trailers, teasers, and clips from Poppy Shakespeare:. The quiet realism worked devastatingly well here. On the other end of the spectrum are the Mental Health Legal Aid Specialists who are respected lawyers mandated to help people caught up in the system. We are also meant to believe that N is insane despite her seeming high function and ongoing narrative about all of the ways she works to appear insane to her doctors so as not to be discharged. Allan herself was institutionalized for 10 years and like Susanna Kaysen seems to be trying to tell us the story of systemic oppression in the mental health system that resists the idea that you must be sane to recognize what is insane or that health care providers must be completely evil in order to participate in a system that may in fact cause horribly unjust things to happen. They all deserve so much better.
The only way the lawyer can do pro-bono service is if he is paid through the social security fund which means she has to be a recipient; the only way for Poppy to be a recipient is to have the state declare her legally insane. Patient advocacy is also put under the microscope in this film. Her attempts include filling out forms with her left hand and marking up the back of her pants with a chocolate bar on evaluation day. When she finds herself so desperate that she has to turn to N to prove her sanity and keep her child, it all becomes too much. Surely, a fashionable mother of a young girl concerned about paying her bills and making her family happy is no more insane than the rest of us.
I find it as terrifying as any horror movie, and the fact that Poppy seemingly has no control over her own life once the wheels are set in motion is frightening af. And will Poppy ever get her life, and her daughter, back? Instead, their various quirks are played out in snippets in the background to establish the futility of the treatment they are receiving from the mental health system and how it would weigh down on anyone mandated to be there. The book upon which it is based is out of print in the U. Their symbiosis is thus less about racial oppression and more about the ablist ones. She sweeps into the room, and on to camera, well-dressed, articulate, and beautiful, demanding to know why she has been sent to the Dorothy Fish Day Hospital for the Mentally Ill.
They talk in sing-song voice, make them do ridiculous exercises, and only evaluate them once a year. Watching the film through the unspoken rules that N lives her life by makes it easier to understand the relationship the two women have and why N occasionally seems out of step or uncaring. These subtleties stand in contrast to the mental health patients in the film, who besides Poppy and N never really become three dimensional. The more she tries to advocate for herself the more the system knocks her down with its rules that seem to make no sense. That said, more films like this should be made and as far as I understand it, it paints a realistic portrait of a mental health patient dealing with a deep familial history of depression and self-harm. You can see the conundrum.
They are paid directly by the state to help advocate for patients who feel their rights are being violated. The other patients, mill around her in various states of disarray further marking her out as different. . Both gave it their all in this film, and I found their relationship really lovely and truly believable. Although she is already mandated to day treatment, in order to qualify for social security she must fill out a series of forms that if she answers correctly will lead to her being rejected from assistance.