Collection Details

Call Number: MS Laing Add 1
Title: Films about R D Laing, made by Peter Robinson.
Associated Websites: On Tour with R D Laing: Library Blog Post, Nov 2012
Date of Creation: Between 1971 and 1975
Place of Creation: Various locations
Level of Description: Collection
Extent: 37.5 hours of film and 82 hours of audio.
Content: Films about the psychiatrist R D Laing, made during the 1970s in projects directed and produced by Peter Robinson. Most of this collection comprises the film and soundtrack of 'R D Laing in the USA': which explores Laing's journey across the United States, 5 November to 8 December 1972, during a speaking tour of campuses undertaken at the height of his celebrity, addressing packed auditoriums, in intimate discussion groups, meeting professional colleagues, conducting media interviews and in private moments of relaxation. Robinson's film crew included cameraman Richard Adams. The collection also includes the following completed films: Breathing and Running (1971), Psychiatry and Violence (1971) and Asylum (1972).
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into two series: film footage and audio recordings.
MS Laing Add 1/A Film footage
MS Laing Add 1/B Audio soundtrack
Access: Written application and appointment required. Contact Special Collections in advance.
May not be reproduced without permission. Copyright contact: Kenneth Robinson, Surveillance Films, Inc.
Language: English
Source of Acquisition: Digital surrogates created from original film / audio (presented by Kenneth Robinson in 2008).
See Accession details
Conservation: Conservation, transfer to digital format and transcription work was funded by the Wellcome Trust (2009-2011). Technical advice and support was provided by the Scottish Screen Archive (National Library of Scotland).
Related Material: Special Collections also holds the personal papers and library of R D Laing (see MS Laing), which includes Laing's diary of the US tour and correspondence with Peter Robinson.
Cataloguing Rules: ISAD(G)
Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this collection:

director: Peter Robinson d 1991
Film director and producer. His work included a number of films about R D Laing: Asylum (1972), Breathing and Running, Psychiatry and Violence. He also filmed Laing's 1972 US lecture tour. …
donor: Kenneth Robinson fl 2011
Founder of Surveillance Films. Son of film director Peter Robinson (d 1991).
editor: Richard Ware Adams fl 1977-2011
Filmmaker, cameraman and editor. His work includes 'Asylum' (1972) and filming R D Laing's USA tour, both directed by Peter Robinson.
subject: Ronald David Laing 1927-1989
Psychiatrist. Born in Govanhill, Glasgow, Scotland, 7 October 1927. Attended Cuthbertson Street primary school and Hutchesons' Boys' Grammar School. Elected a Licentiate …
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