International Competition

Out of Mind, Out of Sight

John Kastner
Screening time  
24.02. / Tuesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 1  
27.02. / Friday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2  
Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Kastner gains unprecedented access to a forensic psychiatric hospital. He follows the treatment of four patients struggling to gain control over their lives.

What happens to people who suffer from mental illnesses and commit violent crimes? Some are sent to forensic psychiatric hospitals – once called asylums for the criminally insane – where they disappear from public view for years. Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Kastner gained unprecedented access to one such facility, the Brockville Mental Health Centre. He follows the treatment of patients struggling to gain control over their lives, so they can return to a society that often fears and demonizes them. This remarkable documentary addresses these issues with unusual candour and warmth amid the larger-than-life personalities in the Centre and Kastner’s moving and empathetic drive to remove the stigma of mental illness.


John Kastner

John Kastner has won four Emmys for his documentaries Four Women, Fighting Back, The Lifer and the Lady and Life with Murder. Kastner has also won more than 75 international awards for his films, which include Monster in the Family and Rage Against the Darkness. He was honoured by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television with the Academy Achievement Award in 2007 and by Hot Docs with a retrospective of his work in 2012.

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2014, 88', DCP

Directed by:
John Kastner

Screenplay by:
John Kastner

John Westheuser, Derek Rogers

Edited by:
Michael Hannan

Bruce Fowler

John Kastner, Deborah Parks

Produced by:
J.S. Kastner Productions, National Film Board of Canada

Festivals & Awards:

Calgary International Film Festival 2014; Atlantic Film Festival 2014; Hot Docs 2014; Reykjavik International Film Festival 2014; Cork Film Festival 2014