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VICE and Peccadillo Team To Release New Doc ‘Chemsex’

VICE and Peccadillo Team To Release New Doc 'Chemsex'

“Chemsex” — a new documentary film from VICE — will receive its UK theatrical release in November 2015 through one of our favo(u)rite distributors, Peccadillo Pictures. 

The film – directed by VICE’s Will Fairman and Max Gogarty – explores the lives and fortunes of a group of men actively taking part in the chemsex lifestyle, and those who have come out the other end and survived. With unprecedented access to chemsex parties and the NHS’s only chemsex support clinic, 56 Dean Street, the film seeks to understand the complex issues at the heart of this story, exploring universal notions such as internalised shame, cycles of self-destruction and redemption.

“Traversing a dark underworld of intravenous drug use and weekend-long sex parties,” Peccadillo describes, “‘Chemsex’ tells the story of a group of men battling with HIV, drug addiction and finding acceptance in a changing world – and one health worker who has made it his mission to save them.”

Peccadillo Pictures chairman, Tom Abell said of the partnership: We are pleased and excited to be working with VICE on bringing this powerful and current documentary to audiences around the UK and Ireland. The chemsex issue is relatively unknown amongst audiences and we hope that by bringing it to light, it will push more healthcare professionals like 56 Dean Street’s, David Stuart to take note and enable change.”

Al Brown, Head of Video at VICE added: “VICE has always endeavoured to explore underreported and complex issues that involve incredible characters and human stories. After vice.com first reported in 2013 on the unprecedented rise in intravenous drug use in London’s gay party scene, we felt that story needed to be explored further.  VICE has always been huge admirer of Peccadillo Pictures and the films they’ve supported – given the subject matter, we couldn’t have found a better partner to release this important film with”   

This VICE.com article from 2013 was the starting point for the directors’ investigation into the world of chemsex.


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