Film captures mood swings of bipolar disorder

Fri May 28, 2010 10:47am EDT
 
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By Natasha Elkington

LONDON (Reuters) - After spending two weeks on a sun-drenched island off Jamaica with 12 Ukrainian beauties, British multi-millionaire Paul Downes went off the rails.

Instead of sticking to his original 250,000-pound ($365,000) scheme of picking his perfect wife from the glamorous candidates he had flown to the island, Downes, 50, found himself in the grip of a manic episode, proclaiming himself not only the creator of mankind but the creator of God.

That definitely was not in the script.

Downes had asked a cameraman to document his unusual plan to find a soulmate. Instead, it was his mania that was caught on film, giving a rare insight into bipolar disorder.

"I wanted to find a bride but when I go manic, I become Ya, the creator of Allah and the creator of God and I start thinking of an awful lot of things other than beautiful ladies that are there," Downes told Reuters in London after the screening of the documentary created out of his 2009 trip to Jamaica.

"True Stories: Bipolar Expedition," by film maker Mark James, aired on British television this week and will become available internationally.

"When I went to Jamaica, Paul was in the grip of a developing mania which I obviously hadn't witnessed before and had no idea what that was, so I filmed all the events as you see in the film," James told Reuters.

"He just got more interested in me and the camera and making speeches which went on every day."   Continued...