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The Anatomy of OCD & Movie Screening: ‘Locked’

Speaker: Prof. David Mataix-Cols, Institute of Psychiatry

Film by Claire Gellard, screened at Medfest 2012





The film ‘Locked’ really stood out to us at Medfest 2012, the UK’s only National Medical Film Festival. You can appreciate our excitement therefore when Claire Gellard allowed us to show her short film at our seminar. We were also lucky enough to have Professor David Mataix-Cols agree to come and speak for us on the anatomy of OCD.


Film: ‘The subject of OCD has rarely been touched on in cinema, but Claire Gellard’s Locked offers a moving study of an old man who finds himself affected by obsessive compulsive disorder. When his own son comes to visit, the man struggles to conceal his affliction, until the stress becomes too much for him. Gellard’s well-produced and acted film captures the experience of OCD in a simple but effective manner, opening up a difficult subject without sentimentality or contrivance.’- taken from the website of the 2011 Scottish Mental Health Arts and FIlm Festival, where ‘Locked’ won Best Thematic Film for Public Awareness.




Professor David Mataix-Cols is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the CAMHS Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Service. He is involved in the specialist treatment of severe paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), supervision and research coordination. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, where he conducts research and runs an Abnormal Psychology course for medical undergraduates.He is an official advisor to the DSM-V Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Workgroup. He has previously contributed to research on computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (CCBT). This led to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) adopting FearFighter, a method for delivering CCBT over the internet to treat panic and phobias. FearFighter has been rolled out to several primary care trusts across the country.Professor Mataix-Cols took his psychology degree and doctorate at the University of Barcelona and became a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Imperial College London before joining the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital. His research interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding disorder, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), autism spectrum disorder and phobias.

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