Their confessionals at the start, in front of a brazen red curtain, are the catalysts to in-depth discussions with David as the reasons behind their addictions come to light; their lives dramatically altered as a result of one or two foolish decisions. The information shared between these interlocutors is enough to send a shudder down anyone's spine. HIV is treated like a goal and the longer - and dirtier - the sexual encounters, the better. As a result, it's safe to say that Chemsex is far from an entertaining watch, but of course, that's not the intention at all. It's designed to cut deep into the darkest corners of this subculture - one that is spiralling out of control, that not many people seem interested in reaching out to. If it weren't for David Stuart and a few other institutions and organisations, these fifteen men wouldn't be making steps, however small, to dealing with their issues and what this way of life has done to themselves, their bodies and mental and physical well-being. As daring and frank as it may be, Chemsex is also one of those documentaries that actually gives a damn about its subject.
Jamie Neish | @EmptyScreens