Act Normal

Robert T. Edison was born and raised in Nottingham, England. When he was fourteen years old he began to practice Buddhism. Eighteen years old he became a monk and went to Thailand where, for a decade, he spent his time in monasteries around the country. He became the first Buddhist monk in Iceland when he moved here in 1994 and founded a Buddhist sect. Five years later Robert decided to "derobe" and get married. After sixteen years of celibacy Robert had to deal with being "normal" - getting employment, paying his bills and dealing with the needs of his partner. After four years in "the real world" Robert travelled back to Thailand to become a monk again. Act Normal is filmed from 1994 to 2006 and is a unique exploration of one man´s twelve-year search for some kind of love.

About the film

  • Type
  • National Premiere Date
    October 1, 2006
  • Length
    81 min. 57 sec.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Act Normal
  • International Title
    Act Normal
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
    Digibeta Pal
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
    Dolby Stereo SR


  • 2009
    Dharma in Action Films/Bhuddist Film Festival
  • 2007
    Boulder International Film Festival
  • 2007
    San Jose Cinequest Film Festival
  • 2007
    Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • 2006
    Locarno Film Festival
  • 2006
    Nordisk Panorama
  • 2006
    Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
  • 2006
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Nominated for Short Film of the Year.


  • Myndform, 2006 - DVD