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Blue Bag Life 15 rating

Artist Lisa Selby’s audacious and powerful documentary portrait of a life touched by addiction is a deeply personal odyssey through love, artistry and selfhood.

Documentary 2022 92 mins

Director: Alex Fry, Lisa Selby and Rebecca Hirsch Lloyd-Evans



Blue heroin ‘baggies’ symbolise a lifetime of rejection for Lisa. Since childhood, the narcotic has been an intrusive and destructive presence, through her relationship with her addict mother and partner. When her mother dies and her partner’s relapse leads to his incarceration, Lisa embarks on a cinematic pilgrimage of self-discovery and salvation. Through it, she becomes determined that the indelible mark addiction has left upon her will be transformed into something positive.

Directed by Rebecca Lloyd-Evans, Lisa Selby and Alex Fry, Blue Bag Life is a raw yet deeply moving journey through the world of addiction. Unflinching in its portrayal of the darkness addicts enter into, as well as the stigma that accompanies it, the film is nevertheless an emotionally resonant love story that champions hope over despair.