CHEMSEX - Hard-hitting Doco about Homosexuality, Group Sex and Drug Addiction

Bounty Films | 15-Mar-2016
Melbourne, AU "“ 16th of March, 2016 - Bounty Films is proud announce the theatrical release of Chemsex. Chemsex is a hard-hitting, documentary that examines the rising phenomenon of the same name. Often referring to drug-fueled group sex, the documentary explores the lives of gay men who have been trapped in a vicious circle of sex, addiction and dependence. Chemsex will be screening theatrically from April 8th. Selected sessions with include a panel discussion with Australia's healthcare professions. @chemsexmovie
Dr. David Stuart, who is the world's leading expert on Chemsex recovery, is available for a very limited number of media engagements. Several Australian healthcare professionals (who weren't involved in the making of the film) are also available to talk about the effects of Chemsex in Australia.

The critics have universally praised Chemsex:

"A tough watch, but a valuable one." - The Guardian (UK)

"A powerful, raw and uncompromising look at the bleak and claustrophobic underworld of chemsex urban gay life" - The Huffington Post

"Seriously sobering" - The Telegraph (UK)

""¦ the unfiltered honesty of the documentary's participants' sets Chemsex apart. It asks big questions "“ notably, why? "“ for which there are no easy answers. " "“ FilmInk

Theatrical screening dates:

QUEENSLAND

HIV Foundation QLD Presents *
Friday the 8th of April, 6.00pm
New Fam Cinemas, 701 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD

VICTORIA

VICE Presents (FREE SCREENING)
Thursday the 14th of April, 6.00pm
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC

Living Positive Victoria Presents *
Friday the 15th of April, 6.00pm
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC

Saturday the 16th of April, 6.00pm
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC

Monday the 18th of April, 6.00pm
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC

* Following the screening will be a panel discussion with healthcare professionals.

Panel Guest Include:

Nic Holas (Melbourne, Brisbane)

Nic Holas is a writer focusing on living with HIV and the contemporary queer experience. He has been published in The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, Archer Magazine, SBS, Hello Mr., Junkee, Star Observer, and more. Nic is the co-founder of The Institute of Many (TIM), an advocacy platform for HIV positive people. TIM are the authors of Turning Tina, a harm reduction resource aimed at HIV+ queer men who use crystal meth. Nic is a contributing editor for GNN's CheckUp.

Jeremy Wiggins (Melbourne)

Jeremy Wiggins is the Project Lead for VAC Alcohol and Drug Projects. VAC deliver Alcohol and Drug treatment services to LGBTI communities, including specialist programs such as the Re-Wired therapeutic group and the Re-Wired peer support group for men who want to change their methamphetamine use. VAC also developed Australia's LGBTI drug and alcohol website, touchbase.org.au, in partnership with AFAO and the ADF. TouchBase is a harm reduction website covers drug interaction info for LGBTI people, people living with HIV and gender diverse people who take hormones.

Bill O'Loughlin (Melbourne)

Bill O'Loughlin is currently the President of Harm Reduction Victoria, the state drug user organisation. He has a long background in HIV work and is currently in his third decade of living with HIV.

Dr Wendell Rosevear (Queensland)

Dr. Rosevear has an extensive range of experience supporting queer men over the years "“ from drugs use, sexual abuse and sexual health. He currently works at StoneWall Medical Centre where he is the owner and principal doctor. He lobbies nationally to generate understanding about Drugs, Addiction, Recovery, Prisons, Male Sexual Assault, Sexuality, Relationships, Suicide and Prevention. He believes passionately in the value of each person and in nurturing honesty to deal with life's issues.

Jime Lemoire (Queensland)

Mr. Lemoire has worked for more than a decade in the HIV-sector in Canada, Africa and now in Queensland. He used to work for the QLD Public Health team handling people newly diagnosed with HIV. He's also the founder of RAPID Clinic, which is currently ran under QPP. He has a Master in Psychology in Stigma from University of Toronto, graduating at the top 2 percentile in his year. He's also a strong drug decriminalization advocate and has been spearheading different research areas in drug-use & HIV with Dr. Amy Mullens.

Dr Amy Mullen (Queensland)

Dr. Mullens is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland. She has a strong research interest and background in Drug-use & Men who have with men.

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