Philadelphia Network


A film by Bob Foss and H.Å. Gabrielsson, 1977, England

In the sixties and seventies, R.D.Laing and his colleagues conducted the most radical experiment ever within the field of alternative psychiatry. A number of Community Houses were set up in different parts of London. Here people who were labeled by conventional psychiatry as “mentally ill” could live together on an equal basis, without medications or treatment in the usual sense. No staff, no “patients”, just sharing the challenges of life together.

The film offers a bird´s eye view of the various activities carried out in the context of these households. It includes an interview with R.D.Laing himself, and follows him on some of his workshops and seminars.