Frank is an ex-soldier, haunted by a violent past. He lives alone, drowning his
nightmares with alcohol. Christine - smart and successful... on the surface, tackles
life as a single working mother by immersing herself in drugs, parties and sex.
Lynette, a young rough sleeper watches Christine stumble out of a club whilst she
sits in the cold waiting for loose change to fall on her lap; her luck seems to
change when she meets Frank who despite his misgivings, offers her a place to stay.
Tinge Krishnan Stars: Eddie Marsan, Tom Sturridge and Romola Garai
DIRTY PICTURES is a documentary about Dr. Alexander "Sasha" Shulgin, the rogue chemist
who discovered the effects of MDMA (aka Ecstasy) and over 200 other mind-altering
drugs. Shulgin's alchemy has earned him the title "The Godfather of Psychedelics,"
and a reputation as one of the great chemists of the 20th century.
Working from a
lab in his home, and using himself and his wife Ann as test subjects, Shulgin's discoveries
have brought him into conflict with the law but made him a worldwide underground
hero. The two books they co-authored, "Pihkal" and "Tihkal", have built a foundation
for cutting-edge neuroscience and medical research. DIRTY PICTURES examines the impact
of Dr. Shulgin's lifelong quest to unlock the complexities of the human mind.
The term "methadonia" describes a borderland for recovering
heroin addicts on methadone maintenance. Here, addicts pass their time mixing methadone
with benzodiazepines ("benzos") - a class of drugs used to treat anxiety and insomnia
that includes such brand-name prescriptions as Xanax, Klonopin and Valium - which
enhance their high, and keep them stuck in a gray area between addiction and "straightland."