Silver Linings Playbook & Mental Health
David O. Russell, the director of Silver Linings Playbook, was recently interviewed on the Today Show. He discussed his son Matthew’s struggle with a mood disorder and how it informed his choices making this movie. Mr. Russell described a healing understanding with his son that evolved through the artistic expression and emotional tone of the movie. In addition, Matthew has a small role in the film. Mr. Russell’s courage to speak out regarding personal experience with mental illness is a voice, that joins a chorus of voices, to destigmatize mental illness. His effort has been acknowledged with multiple Oscar nominations.