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Title Ben : Diary of a Heroin Addict / Director: Lambert, Olly.

Published Australia : ABC2 [broadcaster], 2015 July 27 at 22:20:00.
[Place of production not identified] : [Production company not identified], 2009.

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 UniM INTERNET video    AVAILABLE
Physical description 1 streaming video file (45 min. 3 sec.) ; 269751465 bytes
Notes Closed captioning in English.
Summary *Drug Use, Adult Themes, Coarse Language* Ben Rogers was a bright schoolboy from a loving, middle class family. He played in the orchestra, loved cricket and enjoyed the annual family holiday. But his future promise was halted when he started taking drugs in his teens. Early drinking led to cannabis, harder drugs, and then the revelation to his family, at the age of 21, that he was addicted to heroin. Over the next 13 years Ben and his family battled with his addiction, going through detox, rehab and attempts at 'cold turkey', but his health gradually declined. Whilst attempting another detox aged 34, he died from a brain haemorrhage. But during the last two years of his life, Ben filmed an unflinching video diary showing his final desperate attempts to come off heroin. It's a portrayal of his descent; intimate, raw, and at times difficult to watch, he talks to his glove puppet as he injects into a vein in his groin. It is also a very intimate portrait of a family battling to save their son. He tells the camera: "I hope that when you look at this afterwards that you don't think I'm self-pitying because I know that I've done this to myself." Yet we see the impact on his mother in her sheer frustration, anger and tears, as Ben fluctuates between searing honesty and manipulating deception. Days before his death, Ben weeps into the camera that he knows he is losing his battle, and begs those watching the footage to use it to show how powerful and deadly the drug can be. His mother is now determined to warn teenagers of the effects of drugs. PRODUCTION DETAILS: Gecko Productions and Junction 15 Productions for Sky One, UK.
Audience Classification MA ACMA.
Other author Lambert, Olly, director.
Rogers, Ben, contributor.
Subject Drugs -- Physiological effect.
Teenagers -- Conduct of life.
Drug addicts.
Heroin abuse.
Documentary.