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THE ACT OF LUNACY

In collaboration with the Wellcome Collection I created a short documentary animation based on the records of Herman Charles Merivale. My film looks at the conflicting truths found in the records of a 19th century asylum patient. The story follows the events that unfolded during his stay at Ticehurst 'Lunatic' Asylum. Addressing the contemporary question of consent my films explores whether his potential mental illness was in fact warranted or a product of his environment.