Café Pictures reports today the MPAA gave its official “R” rating for the upcoming historical film 10 Days In A Madhouse – The Nellie Bly Story. The producers, along with director Timothy Hines, have no problem with this; in fact, it’s what they expected all along. “If the film was cut to be PG-13, it would no longer be effective, the message wouldn’t come across,” says Hines. “In order to properly tell Nellie Bly’s story, we need to show people the truth. We can’t sugar coat anything. It’s hard to watch because it was hard to live through.”
Without having seen the movie, some might mistake 10 Days In A Madhouse for a horror movie, but producer Susan Goforth clarifies that “when we started this project, we were by no means trying to make a scary movie, we were just trying to make a movie about an important subject. One that is based on a true story of a woman who changed the course of history.”
Indeed movies with serious subjects often garner the R rating. Pictures like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Erin Brockovich, Million Dollar Baby and Schindler’s List were all released with an R rating.
The film, which is set to release in US theaters on November 20th, follows Nellie Bly as she infiltrates a women’s insane asylum by pretending to be mentally ill. Once inside, Bly is treated like a savage. The conditions of the mental hospital are filthy, the food is inedible, the rooms are isolated and musty, nurses punish the patients by beating them, and try to cure them by dumping ice-cold water over their bodies. These types of graphic images, and more, exist throughout the film. It’s not an easy film to watch, but it’s important. “Sometimes, in order to understand the gravity of a situation, we need to be shocked to our core,” says Hines. Even though the film is set in 1887, it addresses many issues that we are continuing to face over a century later. How we treat women and how we treat the mentally ill are both still prevalent problems in today’s society.
10 Days In A Madhouse – The Nellie Bly Story opened to an overwhelmingly successful exhibition premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival celebrating women and diversity. It stars newcomer Caroline Barry as Nellie Bly and Christopher Lambert (Mortal Kombat, Highlander), Kelly Le Brock (Weird Science) and Julia Chantrey (Mama, Mean Girls). Follow 10 Days In A Madhouse at the film’s official website and on facebook, Twitter and Instagram: #10daysinamadhouse, #NellieBly for #thenew10
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