Set in Britain in the early 1950s, Asylum tells the story of Stella Raphael, the bored and unfulfilled wife of a psychiatrist, Max, working at a remote mental asylum. Stella starts a passionate affair with one of the patients, Edgar, under the watchful fixation of Max’s colleague Dr Cleave. After Edgar breaks out of the institution, Stella is torn between her role as wife and mother and her lust for a new life with the former inmate, the ramifications of which lead to her own psychological breakdown.
Director: David Mackenzie
Cast: Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas, Hugh Bonneville and Ian McKellen
David Mackenzie won a Director’s prize at the Berlin International Film Festival where the film premiered in competition. Natasha Richardson won Best Actress the following year at the Evening Standard British Film Awards.