In this raw documentary, filmmaker Costa Botes turns his camera on poet and novelist Michael Morrissey, as he attempts to ride out the intense highs and crushing lows of manic depression (aka bipolar disorder). It's also a portrait of a relationship under immense pressure, as Morrissey's partner Ann tries to live alongside a man who has stopped his medication and believes he can "tame the tiger" through willpower. The film was made at Morrissey's invitation; like his 2011 memoir Taming the Tiger, it describes Morrissey's struggle to keep both his creativity and his sanity.
Lithium. That's what they use in batteries.– Michael Morrissey
Lone Pine Film & Television Productions
Closing credits song 'Lonely Soul' written by Cy Winstanley and performed by Her Make Believe Band