One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, a tragic-comedy directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson, is about a free-spirited rogue who takes over the ward of a mental hospital through a combination of ingenuity and chutzpah.
Based on Ken Kesey’s celebrated novel, the film uses a metaphorical framework – the madhouse – to symbolise the individual against the system, the story gets its
power from the innumerable details which reveal what life is about in a mental institution.
Director Milos Forman. USA 1975. Cert 18
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The panelists include Terry McMahon, Catherine O’Grady and Rick Rossiter.
First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. This film screening is part of the annual First Fortnight Festival and is presented in partnership with Irish Film Institute.