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Chemsex (2015)

In hidden basements, bedrooms and bars across London, "Chemsex" is a documentary that exposes frankly and intimately a dark side to modern gay life. Traversing an underworld of intravenous ... See full summary »

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In hidden basements, bedrooms and bars across London, "Chemsex" is a documentary that exposes frankly and intimately a dark side to modern gay life. Traversing an underworld of intravenous drug use and weekend-long sex parties, "Chemsex" tells the story of several men struggling to make it out of 'the scene' alive - and one health worker who has made it his mission to save them. While society looks the other way, this powerful and unflinching film uncovers a group of men battling with HIV, drug addiction and finding acceptance in a changing world. Written by Peccadillo Pictures

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4 December 2015 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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Vice Films, Vice Media See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Chemsex, lies, and manipulation
27 December 2017 | by lukeshulverSee all my reviews

Chemsex is never going away. It can be an extremely powerful way for young gay men who have had a lifetime of indoctrination of how intimacy, love, and sex between men is wrong. It does lower inhibitions. It enables men to let go of their baggage and become almost primal in their desires and urges and become comfortable with themselves and intimacy with others. If this documentary didn't serve an agenda to further the lies of induced or perceived mental illness and the tools of surveillance, and hide the crimes of a far more severe and perverse nature than drug use or sex, it would have been great to see it address this issue and show how it can be a positive tool in fostering relationships to counter the argument that drug abuse can be destructive as with any other substance abuse, including alcohol and prescription medication. I cant stress my disgust that these lies are now put forward as fact - that people unaware of what is going on may believe, and they themselves contribute to ensure suffering continues for so many young gay men who have already been through enough. Shame on you.

Having been a participant through the highs and lows of weekend parties where sex, drugs, and rock and roll, have higher attendance numbers than all churches combined, I was interested to watch this documentary.

Interested, but ultimately disgusted. Not by the practices portrayed, but by the lies and misdirection of some of the participants in the interviews. While I found most of the documentary to be factual, it is ultimately a vehicle to package lies of the serious underbelly of criminal level harassment that takes place for those perceived to be vulnerable and easily influenced. The goals being to control and modify people's personalities and behaviours. There is a systematic, extremely well oiled machine at work underneath the glamour and seediness of these events where those who do not comply are systematically destroyed, not through the use of drugs and sex and online dating apps (although they play a major part) but by a sinister, vindictive, cruel system of psychological and physical abuse whose tools of practice are designed to force their subjects to display signs of mental disease. The goal being to force subjects into the mental health system so that when they awake to the truth of the abuse they can be discredited as being nothing more than drug users with mental illness. For those who either believe they are suffering from mental illness under a short term drug induced psychosis the abuse stops, or for those who keep quiet about the subject, but for those who refuse to accept the abuse, who speak out in order to try and alleviate the life destroying pain this system encourages and rewards, the abuse continues in order to claim the short term drug induced psychosis is actually schizophrenia - again with the sole purpose of discrediting the person who speaks out (even if they no longer use drugs). To this end the abusers stop at nothing - 24/7 monitoring and harassment to cause sleep deprivation, and then isolation from society where their message may be heard.

While I doubt this review will be seen or believed by anyone other than those involved, I need to express my disgust at those in this documentary, several of whom I have met, as they are so much worse than the cruellest of harassers as they have allowed themselves to be used to perpetuate a lie which ensures the continuation of suffering and destruction of innocent people and their families. It is cowardice and corruption of the highest order and I for one will never turn a blind eye to the practice and will do what ever I can to bring this abuse to light and end the unjust suffering of people who simply do not deserve it. End the cycle of abuse - speak our, or if you dont have the balls for that, dont participate.

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