Voice Pictures produces and co-produces features, documentaries, & doc & drama series. Its President, Wendy Hill-Tout, is also a screenwriter & director on select pictures. Voice Pictures is a diverse company with a mandate to bring new voices to the screen.
By: Wendy Hill-Tout (Writer/Director/Producer), Denny Hill-Tout & David Hill-Tout (family members), Bonnie Thompson, Producer, and Rubyanne Rice, Provincial Executive Director, Schizophrenia Society of Alberta
Insanity is both a personal POV documentary about director Wendy Hill-Tout's, and her family's experience, with her brother Bruce who had schizophrenia and disappeared over 25 years ago. It's also a look at the country’s mental health crisis, with shocking numbers of people suffering from mental health issues in jails, the justice system, and in the streets - and being shot by police.
Bruce had a normal childhood, but in his 20’s developed the illness. At one point he ended up in Florida, eating out of garbage cans, when he was picked up by police and brought to a hospital. It was the first time the family found out Bruce had an illness - schizophrenia.
Years later, Bruce disappeared again, only this time, the family never saw him again. Insanity is a plea to do better as a society – to treat those with a mental illness as human beings and provide appropriate services.