Daring journalist Nellie Bly opened the doors for women in the journalism field. She used her very first assignment for The World to show how audacious she was, risking her life for the sake of obtaining the information she needed. This story exposed the practitioners at Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum as portrayed in the upcoming film, 10 Days in a Madhouse, starring Caroline Barry, Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Mortal Kombat), Kelly Le Brock (Weird Science, The Woman in Red), Julia Chantrey (Mama, Mean Girls) and Russian celebrity actress Alexandra Callas.
The film was released first in New York City at AMC Empire 25 on November 11, 2015, and in select theaters nationwide on November 20. The movie is gaining ground as it continues to expand into theaters across the US.
Critics have raved about the movie, saying “Stunning!” – New York Times, “Must See” – Ms. Magazines, “Awesome, Incredible” – Popcorn Talk Network, “Demands To Be Watched!” Bust Magazine and “A delicate balance between a character study and an ensemble piece,” said ScreenPicks.
Nellie Bly pretended to be insane in order to be admitted into the asylum and experience the mistreatment of the female patients. Her exposé showed the world that women could write about things other than fashion and gossip. Her efforts also put the power to expose female mistreatment into another woman’s hands, tearing down the common misconception that women need men to save them.
Bly wrote a book on her experience in the asylum, where she wrote, “The insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island is a human rat-trap. It is easy to get in, but once there it is impossible to get out.” Her experience not only showed the mistreatment of women by doctors and nurses, but also the vicious cycle that patients endure, where their condition never improves, but actually gets worse.
Nellie Bly’s bravery, innovative tactics, and dedication paved the way for female journalists and opened the eyes of many to show that women are strong, and capable of knowing about more than fashion, homemaking, or gossip. Bly’s story is a prime example of a brave, dedicated, and strong woman. Her influence has made huge advancements in our fight for equality and human rights. Her courage is depicted in the accurate film adaptation of her book, 10 Days In A Madhouse by acclaimed director Timothy Hines. It is one of this fall’s must see movies.
10 Days in a Madhouse opened so late in the season the distributors and filmakkers decided to withdraw from the 88th Academy Awards and instead pur the film’s hat in the ring for the 89th Academy Awards to allow the film enough time for proper exposure to be fairly up for consideration. “We looked at the possibility of 2016 Oscar nomination and we determined that if we competed now, we would just land on the dancefloor as the song was ending,” says 10 Days director TImothy Hines.
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