From biting nuns to twitching schoolgirls, the professor takes us on a musical journey through mass hysteria.
In the middle ages there was an outbreak of dancing manias in Europe that lasted hundreds of years. In the 20th century thousands of Chinese men and some women thought that their genitalia were vanishing, while schoolgirls in Belgium thought that they were being poisoned by a certain brand of fizzy drink. Looking at these various cases, and more, the professor (Maxine Peake) takes us on a musical journey through mass hysteria.
Written and Directed by Carol Morley
Produced by Cairo Cannon
Director of Photography Christopher Doyle
Composer Paul Lewis
Production Designer Pawlo Wintoniuk
Featuring Maxine Peake as the Professor
Funded by Arts Council England
with the support of Film London
Freud Museum, London, UK
UK Brutal, Mostra De Filmes O Cinema Art Britanico, Brazil
Best of British, Brief Encounters, Bristol Int’l Short Film Festival, UK
Running time: 18 minutes, Format: 35mm, Year: 2006