New Netflix docudrama ‘Wormwood’ seeks to uncover history of CIA’s LSD mind control experiments
Netflix is set to release what is sure to be one of the year’s most enigmatic and deeply compelling documentaries in Wormwood, out December 15.
The six episode miniseries, which screened at the Venice and Telluride film festivals earlier this year, was directed by Errol Morris, the mind behind The Thin Blue Line and The Fog Of War. Now the Academy Award-winning documentarian takes on one of the biggest conspiracies of the last century as Wormwood delves deep into the cloaked history of the CIA, its secretive effort “Project MKUltra,” and the death of Frank Olson.
Olson, a bacteriologist and Army scientist, was covertly dosed with LSD by his supervisor. Nine days later, he plunged to his death from the window of a New York City hotel room. The US government ruled the death a suicide. Olson’s son, who has spent the last 60-plus years trying to unearth the truth behind his father’s death, stands convinced it was a CIA cover-up.
The docudrama attempts to uncover the murky secrets further associated with the highly controversial MKUltra experimentation on both willing and unwilling participants. The MKUltra project sought to use mind control through the dosing of certain drugs, namely LSD, which could then be used in CIA interrogations and torture.
Wormwood includes both interviews, including with Eric Olson, alongside dramatic reenactments starring Peter Sarsgaard (as Frank Olson), Molly Parker, and Bob Balaban.