Mad as Hell
DIRECTED BY CASSIE MCFARLANE.
24 February 2018
“And it’s my line. I bet you people are going to leave the cinema screaming that line.”
A bar in Jamaica. The early 1960s. When womanizing, hell-raising film star Peter Finch meets Eletha Barrett, a charismatic island girl, they both get more than they bargained for. The relationship between Peter and Eletha scandalises Hollywood, and culminates in Finch’s Oscar-winning performance in Network.
A battle between the ‘isms and schisms’ of race and prejudice and the courage of love, Mad as Hell reveals for the first time how the backdrop to Finch’s iconic performance was as fiery as the role he played.
Cassie McFarlane is a playwright and actress from Jamaica. Adrian Hope is her writing partner.
Set and costume design
“This is one world premiere I was extremely happy to have been to.”
“A celebration of a woman who took it on the chin and imperiously faced Hollywood.”
“Strong performances from all, coupled with an understated script full of humour and optimism.”
“An enjoyable romp ... with the pull of an unusual, starry story at its centre.”
“A sweet homage to the couple.”
“The acting is stellar.”