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MIPCOM Picks 2012: Russell Brand – Addiction and Recovery

British actor and comedian Russell Brand could never be accused of being a shrinking violet, and in this eye-opening documentary, he tackles a tough topic that has particular personal relevance with candor and care.
September 25, 2012

Partners: A BBC Production, distributed by DCD Rights

Length: 60 minutes

Premiered: August (BBC3, UK)

Rights available: TV, VoD and home video rights

British actor and comedian Russell Brand could never be accused of being a shrinking violet, and in this eye-opening documentary, he tackles a tough topic that has particular personal relevance with candor and care. A decade ago, Brand was addicted to heroin and was headed to an early grave. And while he’s strived to become clean and stay that way, he acknowledges that the lure of drugs and the steely grip of addiction can often be too strong to resist. Here, Brand not only opens up about his own battles with drug use, but comes face to face with other addicts in an attempt to address how addiction is currently regarded and dealt with.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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