2018 | 80 min | UNITED KINGDOM
Directed by: Monty Wates
Australian Premiere

In Magic Medicine filmmaker Monty Wates was given exclusive access to the first ever medical trial to give psilocybin (the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms) to a group of volunteers suffering from clinical depression. His remarkable film follows the stories of the three volunteers and their families, and the ambitious staff running the groundbreaking trial, who are hoping this controversial treatment will have the power to transform millions of lives and  ultimately be made freely available on the NHS. 

Current statistics show that 1 in 10 of us will suffer with depression, however around 50% won’t respond to antidepressants, leading to the inevitable outcome that 1 in 6 of depressed people go on to kill themselves. A new approach is desperately needed.

Though the trial will throw them into unchartered territory, for the three volunteers whose depression has been diagnosed as untreatable, it feels like a last chance. 

Through deeply moving personal testimony of the “trips” the patients go on, this intimate film is an absorbing portrait of the human cost of depression, and the inspirational people contributing to groundbreaking psychedelic research, and its potential to increase human flourishing.

*This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.



Paul Liknaitzky 470×470
Research Fellow 
Deakin University, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Odyssey House Victoria, Macquarie University