As Prescribed (2022)
Directed by Holly Hardman, 92 mins
Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan: they all belong to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines or 'benzos'.
News and entertainment media portray them in terms of addiction and abuse or as innocuous medications that relax nerves. As Prescribed documents a strikingly different narrative, following eye-opening stories of invisible illness and disability.
Boston-based survivor Geraldine Burns leads a grassroots army of “good patients” that help other victims and advocate tirelessly for benzodiazepine harm awareness. However resistance is strong; Geraldine and her cohorts are opposed by powerful forces that include pharmaceutical giants and a medical culture that has denied the problem for decades.
- Full online festival pass: £55
- Five-ticket bundle: £19.75
- Three-ticket bundle: £12.75
Livestreamed screening and discussion
Sunday 04 December, 16:00 GMT
The first of two great films on our final day: join us on the afternoon of Sunday 04 December for our livestreamed As Prescribed screening and discussion. The panel will be moderated by Global Health Film Trustee Dr Peter Jarrett. Peter will be joined by As Prescribed director Holly Hardman, protagonist Geraldine Burns, and Dr Anne Guy, APPG Prescribed Drug Dependance.
To join the livestream: once you've got your pass or ticket bundle, pre-order As Prescribed and register for the livestream using the link in your confirmation email.