Darklands and Leather & Fetish Pride have a no drug policy since day one. The use of substances in the London gay scene endangers the life of men who get involved. We hope that this screening will inform people about the dangers of drug use.
Chemsex: the name given to the rising phenomenon which refers to the use of drugs in a sexual context. Often referring to group sex that can last for days, the allure of chemsex has lead to many young men being trapped in a vicious circle of sex, addiction and dependence.
This powerful and potent film tells the stories of gay men whose lives have been affected by the crisis; from self-confessed ‘slammers’ to sexual health workers, from those who deny there’s a problem to those who ‘got out alive’. Offering unprecedented access, Chemsex is a brave and unflinching journey into the dark underworld of modern, urban gay life.
CHEMSEX is a confessional show-and-tell about a search for intimacy and belonging, in what are all too often the wrong places. This search creates a parallel reality, a secret world where people hide their addiction in plain sight, living in a cycle of extreme pleasure and pain, validation and isolation.
What started as a look into a ‘healthcare emergency,’ soon evolved into a complex revelation. It wasn’t the sex or the drugs that shocked. Neither was it the danger or the consequences. It was the realisation that, for the majority of people, it was intimacy and not lust nor hedonism that was the driving force behind their behaviour.
The film, we hope, touches upon wholly universal notions of internalized shame, cycles of self-destruction and eventual redemption through this very modern and little known health emergency.
Directors William Fairman and Max Gogarty
Workshop Room at Darklands
Saturday 18/02 - 17:00 - 20:00