David Laing Dawson is a psychiatrist and the author of two textbooks, five novels, and several screenplays. His novels and films address mental health issues. He feels that documentaries and academic books can provide information and explanation, but novels and narrative films give this information life, heart, and context in the real world. Don't Look Down is his latest novel. Cutting for Stone is his most recent film. Dawson lives in Hamilton and is part owner of Gallery on the Bay.