The knitting circle

An award-winning documentary that provides a chilling glimpse into the secret worlds and stolen years inside the long care asylums.

Were all these people truly Mad, Bad and Dangerous? Who is next?

“It was love and mischief that saw us through.” Mary, aged 80

Julie McNamara created The Knitting Circle in 2011, a theatre production based on the testimonies of people who survived the long care asylums closed in the 1980s. Each of the actors were matched with people who lived or worked inside long stay hospitals.

This short documentary film follows the voices of some of the extraordinary people who entrusted us with their life stories. What reverberates is the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit, and the art of laughter amongst.

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