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Drug Problems

  • St John's Hall-Princes Street(Venue 127), EH2 KBJ- (map)

At least 85 million adult Europeans have used an illicit drug at some point in their lives, representing around a quarter of Europe’s adult population according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.  We explore supply and demand, addiction and rehabilitation in the UK and Ireland.    

Screenings will be followed by a Q&A session with Garry Fraser, multi-talented filmmaker/director of Everybody's Child , and  a presentation with DR Iain McPhee (senior lecturer at Social Sciences / Centre for Alcohol and Drugs Studie in the Univesity of West of Scotland)  who explores the myths and common beliefs about the drugs problems in Scotland.


DR Ian McPhee

Drug policies, common misconceptions, and dominant cultural beliefs about all types of drugs are challenged by Dr Iain McPhee during a presentation whose research shows that these ways of thinking are themselves causing more harm than good in assisting Scotland’s drug problem. 

Dr Iain McPhee, who has a vast amount of experience working with the homeless and in the alcohol & drugs centres over the last 25 years, is Senior Lecturer at the University of West of Scotland in Paisley. He will offer suggestions as to why we believe that cocaine and heroin are more dangerous than over-the-counter drugs more accessible to us, such as alcohol and aspirin. In his mind-blowing analysis he will give evidence that suggests the criminalisation of such drugs has little to do with concern over people’s health and much more to do with the profiteering of corporate business. Followed by a short Q&A session.


 Garry Fraser, director of Everybody's child movie.

Garry Fraser, director of Everybody's child movie.

Garry Fraser is a  recovering heroin addict and director. He is well-known to be  a  social Entrepreneur  multi-talented in all aspects of filmmaking to writing through development to new multi platform content through to post market distribution satisfied corporate clients include the Scottish Government, NHS, University of Edinburgh.  Garry Fraser  is a BAFTA award winning filmmaker for the movie Everybody’s Child where he takes us to the heart of the poor marginalised community he grew up.
He will give a Q&A session about his film, Everybody’s Child after screenings.

JFFF Films 2014
A Man Who Delivers

A day in the life of a London cocaine dealer. "Based on an interview with an anonymous drug dealer (known only as ‘Mr’ to us) and a series of text messages from his clients, Jamie Jessett’s stylish and inventive documentary cleverly mixes audio, abstract imagery and an inventive use of onscreen text to provide an insightful and entertaining glimpse into an often unseen lifestyle." - Short of the Week

Everybody's Child

Filmmaker and recovering heroin addict, Garry Fraser, takes us on a journey as he faces some demons from his past. In doing so he takes us to the heart of his community that was ripped apart by an AIDS epidemic during the 1980’s. The story reveals a poor community struggling with addiction and the spread of a virus that killed a large proportion of their youngsters. This is an open and heart rending journey where Fraser needs to face some grim challenges before moving forward with his own life.

Detox or Die

An in-depth portrait of a drug addict seeking redemption. Addicted to opiates for almost 20 years, film-maker David Graham Scott decides to opt for a quick fix. The radical detox agent ibogaine puts the user into a gut-wrenching hallucinatory state for 36 hours, from which he emerges cleansed of his addiction. But several fatalities have been reported in connection with the unlicensed drug, and Scott must weigh up the options before embarking on the trip of a lifetime.

Needle Exchange

Needle Exchange tells the story of Spencer and Glenn, two best friends who helped each other swap their heroin habits with a passion for tattoos. Ink is their link, but their bond is tested when a new romantic relationship threatens the friendship.

Earlier Event: March 15
Sex Industry