Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict

(Sky, 2006)

"A unique piece of television.  No British documentary has ever got as close to a drug addict."  Daily Mail

 

In 2006, 34 old Ben Rogers admitted himself to hospital in an attempt to rehabilitate himself after 18 years of heroin abuse. He died the next day, leaving behind 30 hours of unflinching video footage that he had filmed over the last two years of his life.

Months after death, Ben's mother granted me permission to re-work his footage into the documentary that Ben was trying to make.

This shocking film combines Ben’s footage with family interviews to try and make sense of the complex life double life of an addict, and the impact it has had on those he left behind. 

Watch the full film below.

Clip (3 mins)


Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict - Sky 1

PRESS

 

“A unique piece of television.  No British documentary has ever got as close to a drug addict.”  Daily Mail

“Extraordinarily powerful.” Sunday Times, Pick of the Day

“A rare foray for Sky into serious documentary film-making – and a quite incredible one it is too.” The London Paper, Pick of the Day

“Respectfully and superbly made.”  Daily Mirror

CREDITS

 

Production Company: Gecko Productions/Junction 15

Film Editor: Dan Glendenning

Composer: Mat Davidson

Assistant Producer: Darren Teale, Andrew Rowell

Executive Producer: Viv McGrath

Commissioning Editor: Andrew O’Connell

Filmed by Ben Rogers

Camera, Producer, Director: Olly Lambert