The Psyche Goes to the Movies series exploring the depiction of mental health and madness in film will continue Sunday, March 14 at 3 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., with “An Angel at My Table.”

Originally produced as a three-part miniseries for New Zealand television, “An Angel at My Table” is based on the life of Janet Frame, an introverted, sensitive girl who later was misdiagnosed as schizophrenic and spent eight years in a psychiatric hospital. She would become one of New Zealand’s most celebrated poets and novelists, publishing her first books while she was still confined to a mental ward.

Part One traces her childhood and adolescence. Part Two covers the terrible years when Frame was endured lengthy public hospitalizations for mental illness, receiving countless ECT (shock) treatments. The publication of her short stories and first novel, the latter winning a prize, altered the manner in which she was regarded by psychiatrists and led to her emancipation from the hospital, barely avoiding a lobotomy.

From a solid screenplay by Laura Jones, director Jane Campion (“The Piano”) tells this story without soapy melodrama, but rather as an exploration of a challenged creative spirit — a journey into a writer’s mind, exploring the power of imagination as a mechanism of survival and self-defense.

The Sunday afternoon series will continue with and “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” March 28. This film, adapted from an autobiographical account by Hannah Green of her triumph over psychosis with the help of the eminent psychotherapist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann, is dramatically compelling. The adolescent Green is ably played by Kathleen Quinlan, and a highly accomplished portrayal of the therapist is given by the Swedish actress, Bibi Andersson.

The series and discussions are hosted by Cheryl Fuller, a Jungian psychotherapist who lives in Belfast. Admission is free. For more information, call the library at 338-3884.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to