Mia Ylönen, Mikko Pöllä and Roope Lehtinen talk to Dominic Schrieber about the origins and challenges of their project Bad Apples: a psychological thriller set in a 1970s psychiatric hospital.
Bad Apples takes place in a mental asylum in the Helsinki archipelago. In 1973, a young, driven student activist Onerva is sent to the institute against her will. The authorities – and even her husband – paint Onerva as an aggressive troublemaker. Soon after her arrival, Onerva realizes that the patients’ coveted “home-treatments” actually take place in a closed-off bunker on the island. While trying to maintain her sanity, Onerva investigates the reality behind the controversial treatment practices. Will she find out the truth before the institute’s mind-bending treatment breaks her? Are all these women sent to the island to be silenced, or are they actually mentally ill?
Original idea: Mia Ylönen, Mikko Pöllä, Roope Lehtinen
Screenwriters: Mia Ylönen, Ulla Heikkilä, Mikko Myllylahti
Directors: Marja Pyykkö, Pamela Tola
Composer: Antti Lehtinen
Production: Fire Monkey
Producers: Roope Lehtinen (EP), Hannu Kalliolahti (EP), Saara Kankaanpää
Broadcasters: Elisa Viihde, Nelonen
Distributor: Lagardère Studios Distribution
With: Satu Tuuli Karhu, Armi Toivonen, Santeri Kinnunen, Marjaana Maijala
Date of broadcast: Spring 2021