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Chemsex 2015 18

83 mins USA Director. Max Gogarty, William Fairman

An unflinching documentary charting the recent rise of ‘chemsex’, a shorthand term made popular by gay men for the use of drugs (specifically crystal meth, GHB and mephedrone) in a sexual context. Often referring to group sex that can last several days, with one or more of the specified drugs used to free inhibition and enhance libido, the trend is argued to be fuelled by the growing use of online apps as a means of sexual hook ups.

We hear testimony from a host of men whose lives have been affected, from self-confessed ‘slammers’ to sexual health workers, each of whom talk candidly about the pleasures and perils associated with the scene. Much more than just a sensationalist exposé on a small portion of London’s gay community, this powerful and often graphic film offers a vital insight into a potent and potentially destructive issue.

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Directed by

Max Gogarty

William Fairman

Genres

Documentary

Collection

LGBT Best of 2015 Best Films of 2015 BFI Flare presents Sex POUT Film Festival Discoveries BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival Presents

Certificate

18 strong real sex, drug use

Released

2015

Country

USA

Language

English

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