MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,961 this week

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (2006)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  19 September 2006 (UK)
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 841 users  
Reviews: 7 user

Add a Plot

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 01 Jun 2011
 
a list of 3362 titles
created 08 Aug 2011
 
a list of 1192 titles
created 24 Feb 2012
 
a list of 123 titles
created 12 Jan 2013
 
list image
a list of 32 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (TV Movie 2006)

Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (TV Movie 2006) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An experimental short movie, entirely shot in split screen. It follows a manic-depressive author called Andrew Gony. The movie shows Andrew in both mental stages, to visualize that the split screen is used.

Director: Daniel Ruczko
Stars: Daniel Ruczko
Last Chance to See (TV Series 2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Twenty years after Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine traveled the world in search of some of the most endangered animals, Stephen Fry joins Mark to retrace their journeys.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Mark Carwardine, Batian Craig
Of Two Minds (2012)
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Of Two Minds explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder in America today. Through a combination of intimate... See full summary »

Directors: Douglas Blush, Lisa J. Klein
Stars: Terri Cheney, Carlton Davis, Cheri Keating
Electroboy (2014)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

'You can get it if you really want.' If this sentence applies to anyone, then it most definitely applies to Florian Burkhardt. He achieved nearly everything he wanted. Except the one thing that was most important to him: escaping himself.

Director: Marcel Gisler
Stars: Florian Burkhardt, Hildegard Burkhardt, Peter J. Burkhardt
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

"A Summer in the Cage" is filmmaker Ben Selkow's feature-length documentary chronicling his friend Sam's battle with manic-depressive illness, also known as bipolar disorder. The film ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Selkow
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Director Bud Clayman documents his struggle with OCD and Asperger's Syndrome and how it derailed his plan to become a filmmaker.

Directors: Bud Clayman, Glenn Holsten, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jeff Bell, Maurice Benard, Wayne Bickerstaff
Documentary | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A twisted tale of murder, alleged police corruption and conniving opportunists that tracks the sensational trial and conviction of "America's First Female Serial Killer."

Director: Nick Broomfield
Stars: Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles, Nick Broomfield, Cannonball
Up and Down (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The discovery of an abandoned child by two smugglers kicks into a gear a series of tragic, comic events.

Director: Jan Hrebejk
Stars: Petr Forman, Emília Vásáryová, Jan Tríska
Stephen Fry: Out There (TV Mini-Series 2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Actor Stephen Fry has for two years seeking up some of the most homophobic persons in the world who spend most of their time fighting gays, and challenges their view upon their extreme homophobia.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Andrew, João Silvério Trevisan
Stephen Fry: HIV & Me (TV Movie 2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

British writer and actor Stephen Fry reports on the shocking increase of new HIV-infected people in Britain and in sub-Saharan Africa.

Director: Ross Wilson
Stars: Stephen Fry, Robert Brown, Annmarie Byrne
Fry's Planet Word (TV Series 2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Fry's Planet Word sees Stephen Fry finding out more about linguistic achievements and how our skills for the spoken word have changed. He dissects language in many of its guises.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed, Johnson Chang
Stephen Fry: Guilty (TV Movie 2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Kevin Bishop
Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Behrman ...
Himself
Jo Brand ...
Herself
Jo Crocker ...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Herself
Griff Rhys Jones ...
Himself
...
Himself
Rick Stein ...
Himself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 September 2006 (UK)  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2 parts)

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Stephen Fry: And I always have voices in my head saying what a useless bastard I am, but the voice is my own. It is my own voice which is telling me what a worthless lump of shit I am. Are you surprised that I feel like that? I no longer am.
See more »

Connections

References Spider-Man 2 (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"I think my life needs to change"
4 March 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

In 1995, Stephen Fry was performing in Simon Gray's West End play, "Cell Mates." After three days, he walked out of the production. Sitting in a garage, his hand on the car ignition, he contemplated suicide for two hours, before fleeing his home country for the European mainland. It wasn't until this frightening episode that Fry was diagnosed with manic depression, or bipolar disorder, a psychological condition that sees its sufferers oscillating dangerously between dizzying heights of mania and gutting troughs of prolonged depression.

'Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive (2006),' a two- part documentary directed by Ross Wilson, unfolds like a personal journey of self-discovery. Fry confronts his medical condition by consulting experts and others who have suffered the disorder (including Richard Dreyfuss and Carrie Fisher). It's very bold for Fry, and indeed all these people, to take the viewer so closely into his personal struggles, and such frankness would, I imagine, be invaluable for anybody saddled with manic depression, whether it's been diagnosed or not.

Throughout the documentary, Fry does seem quite insistent on stamping manic depression as a physiological disorder, encouraging the use of medication to control the condition (though Fry himself ultimately decides against any medication). Oddly, I don't recall much mention of therapy as an effective management technique, even though it must play a considerable role in the road to recovery. This is a valuable documentary, and, having been acquainted only with Stephen Fry's bubbly TV persona, a fascinatingly intimate character study.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Other depression documentarys/films? breakbeatpete37
When? lonely_planet_girl
PLEASE HELP!!!! jojo8910
Robbie Williams? steveking_89
Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive Youtube clips! kjohnrobhood
Music question (SOLVED) mariacarabin

Contribute to This Page