Vice teams with Peccadillo Pictures for theatrical doc

Chemsex, which chronicles the unprecedented rise in intravenous drug use in a segment of London's gay party scene, will be distributed theatrically in the UK and Ireland via Peccadillo.
August 27, 2015

UK-based indie distributor Peccadillo Pictures has picked up Chemsex, a feature-length documentary from Vice that chronicles a secret world of intravenous drug use and unprotected sex in a segment of London’s gay party scene.

Directed by Will Fairman and Max Gogarty, the film combines unprecedented access to chemsex parties – in which drugs such as crystal meth are used intravenously while party-goers indulge in unprotected sex – with a look into the NHS’s only chemsex support clinic, in order to explore the deeper issues at the heart of the story.

The film had a “work in progress” screening during last year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest.

“After first reported in 2013 on the unprecedented rise in intravenous drug use in London’s gay party scene, we felt that story needed to be explored further,” said Al Brown, head of video for Vice UK, in a statement. “Vice has always been huge admirer of Peccadillo Pictures and the films they’ve supported – given the subject matter, we couldn’t have found a better partner to release this important film with.”

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