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.
|Release Date||:||November 23, 2015|
|Production Co.||:||Vice Films|
|Production Countries||:||United Kingdom|
|Director||:||William Fairman, Max Gogarty|
|Plot Keywords||:||gay interest, drug, explicit sex, real sex|
- Not for the lightheartedby 4 September 2016on
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
This film tells the lives of some homosexual individuals in London, who are hooked on sex while under the influence of illicit drugs.
This is a controversial and highly explicit documentary film that features a lot of sex scenes and drug taking scenes. What is more disturbing is the fact that the individuals interviewed in the film actually do much harm to themselves by their chosen lifestyle, yet they see good rather than destruction resulting from it. Then a club owner talks about how patrons collapse into a coma in his establishment because of drugs. The hedonism and subsequent self destruction that results from drug use is painful and saddening to me. This film is an eye opener for alternative lifestyles, and is definitely not for the lighthearted.
- Good look at the Seedy side of gay lifeby 12 March 2016on
3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
A really good insight into the more seedy side of gay life, loving the honesty (and good looking guys!) and truths told through the eyes of real gay men. Opens your eyes to the underground life that is in our society. Does not hide anything, real tears and real lives! I would highly recommend anyone to watch this documentary, whether you're straight or gay. Good on the producers for covering this area, more should be made me thinks. A must see in my books!! Going into the lives of a group of men who partake in both gay sex and enhanced chemically enduced sexual parties, is a non discussed area in life today, shame as it is part of our modern culture and today's society, covering all levels of people from high rollers to the people who have to sell their bodies.
- Interesting and valiant attempt to bring this issue to a wider audienceby 22 February 2016on
5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
I know a few gay men who are into the scene of so called 'chemsex' and they have absolutely no issues with it what so ever. This film highlights the stories of a number of gay men who have had extreme experiences whilst taking a variety of drugs in order to loosen inhibitions and thereby get more or have better and longer lasting sex.
The stories to camera are often extremely moving as most of the men suffer with the dual addiction of the cravings for the drug and more importantly the feeling that they are having the best sex ever whilst intoxicated. One man says 'if I have to spend the rest of my life sober then euthanize me now'. There in lies the rub. The problems come with the added risk of STI's via the sharing of needles and unprotected sex especially with strangers in back rooms, saunas etc. There are scenes of actual sex in this film too and nudity.
Now this also features the work of an outreach programme located at 56 Dean Street in London's Soho and its commendable work. It is not the only programme though and there are a lot of people that can offer help. This could have been emphasised more in the film. Also it chose to tell the dark stories we do not have anyone who is a recreational user and manages to get by having a fulfilled life etc which may have added balance. We all get that 'drugs are bad umkay'.
That said I am not condoning drug taking but I also do not want to denigrate a chosen life style if done in a safe and moderate way. Ultimately this is an engaging film that does have its heart in the right place and if it can help prevent men from having such calamitous and life changing experiences then it is all for the good. This is a good one to get for a rental recommended.
- Amazing researchby 12 December 2015on
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
ChemSex isn't a horror film, but there are scenes in this film that are quite hard to watch but I believe it is all included to show just how real the effects of drug addiction are and I came to the conclusion that Requiem touches upon audiences emotions and sentiments while ChemSex touches upon their reason. ChemSex offers a realistic depiction of drug use
The film is so vile and disgusting in its visuals and establishing of certain situations (chill out sauna) that you just can't help but admire what they've done effect-wise but feels a little uneasy all the same. It's this emotional juxtaposition that David Stuart pulls off here and I think it's this that makes ChemSex the film it is, especially given the fact it is not particularly plot driven. There are scenes in this film that are quite hard to watch but I believe it is all included to show just how real the effects of drug addiction are. Maybe it gets depressing at times, as it should, to properly illustrate the horror and depravity that comes with the lifestyle. The "SLAM" scenes couldn't have been more brilliantly imagined to portray the feeling of emptiness and detach men.
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