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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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