Better Dead – Then and Now


A follow-up to Better Dead.

SKU: 1040
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Producer: Project Icarus
Year Produced: 1985
Running time: 39 minutes
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BETTER DEAD made in 1970 An undramatised documentary which shows, without script or actors, the harrowing effects of drugs misuse. Young addicts tell of their experiences and sequences show them injecting drugs. “Talking heads” and “fixing” shots are linked by glimpses of the post-mortem examination conducted on the body of a young female addict. These point the question posed by the title of the film. The film ends on a note of optimism which is conveyed in vision and sound by two young people who have been cured of their addiction. The film endeavours to show the indignity and degradation which drug abuse causes. It does so starkly and honestly. There is no commentary.

As well as the original film, Better Dead, this programme contains a follow-up of some of the addicts originally featured. Some have given up drugs altogether and are working to help others through rehabilitation; of some there is no trace. But Steve, the most persuasive and articulate of the original group, is still addicted and still talking, nearly 15 years later. Includes notes.

The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards but is useful for historical use.

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