I'm doing an interview in the next couple of weeks for a documentary called Aids Since 80's. Paul Coleman and Adam Roberts are producing the film.
This is a film about survival against the odds..
There has not yet been a UK cinema documentary film about the lost generation - the many who died of AIDS related
illnesses throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Nor has there been a film that properly captures the lives of those who
survive today. ‘Aids Since the 80s’ (working title) will be an independent ground-breaking feature length documentary film
about those who were lost and featuring many who have endured those times - and rose above the crushing negativity
that surrounded the epidemic. This is a film celebrating survival against the odds.
Film makers Paul Coleman and Adam Roberts feel passionately about this important and hitherto relatively ignored part of
gay history and are determined to bring to the screen the astonishing and moving experiences of those who survive. Paul
puts it like this:
“We are looking for help in making a film about one of the most important historical periods in living gay history - the
epidemic caused by AIDS in the 1980s and 90s. We are not making a history lesson, this will be the story of those
who survived and those who were lost. What is life like now for those people who underwent relentless medication, what
effects has that had on us? What was it like to lose those we loved? Do we have a good quality of life today? Long
term survival we may have achieved but at what cost? We need your stories and your experiences and we need the
stories of those you knew and lost during that time. This is not a history lesson of the time it is the real story of the real
people who were part of that history.
This is also a chance to remember those who were taken from us. We want to celebrate the life stories of those we
knew so well. Surely their stories are also the ones we should know about too, learn from, celebrate, give freedom to -
allow a small space to let them speak freely in a way they were unable to as they were rushed towards the end of life?
Are there others of you in or out of the public eye who did have a voice in the 80s and 90s that went unheard? Did
you find a way to help people living with HIV at that time with support groups or by Buddying or did you help shape
medical or emotional treatments? What of our own stories and experience? What is it to be a ‘Survivor’ of those times,
how does that affect us today? Where do we go from here?”
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR AND WHAT IS INVOLVED?
We are looking to interview as many people as possible on film who would like to be included in our project about HIV
and AIDS. The project will culminate in a feature length documentary film, formed principally out of these interviews. We
want to make a film built on actual experiences, on actual lives. You may or may not be HIV+ yourself but your life will
have been changed positively or negatively by the AIDS epidemic.
The interview may take 2 or 3 hours of your time and will take place in a safe environment either at your home or a
mutually agreeable location. The film crew will usually consist of two people: Paul Coleman and Adam Roberts. There will
be minimal camera and lighting equipment.
Anyone wanting to take part should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and leave contact details and a brief
outline of what story you would like us to hear. The goal is to interview as many and diverse people as possible, capturing
as varied a set of experiences as possible. If you have an idea for telling your story in a way other than being
interviewed e.g. through a performance piece, let us know.
ABOUT THE FILM MAKERS
Adam Roberts and Paul Coleman are life-long friends who began making films at 11 years of age. They have worked
professionally in the film and TV industries for more than 30 years, including for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and a number
satellite channels. They have directed, produced, executive produced and headed up departments in production houses.
Programmes have included documentaries, current affairs, light entertainment, lifestyle documentary series, live news and live
multicamera broadcasting. Aside from working for the BBC and Channel 4, Adam has made award winning independent
films, and has recently begun making moving image artworks for gallery exhibition, while Paul has been BAFTA nominated
for his work in Children’s TV, and picked up an RTS Award and nominations for his work in news and current affairs
programming. Both their lives have been deeply affected by HIV and AIDS.
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