The directors of After ’82, Ben Lord and Stephen Keeble, are running a fundraising campaign between the 8th of October and the 25th November to raise the £12,500 needed to complete the film
The first half of the documentary – which is 80% complete – looks at the early years of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the UK, and contains multiple interviews with people who were instrumental in setting up support systems (The Terrence Higgins Trust, GMFA and the London Lighthouse amongst others). We have been fortunate to interview Martyn Butler, Tony Calvert, Dr Rupert Whittaker, Sir Nick Partridge and more. People living with the HIV virus such as James Johnson and Gary Brough have also kindly allowed us to interview them and tell us their moving stories and experience.
The second half After ’82 explores issues surrounding sex education in schools, how the government is (or isn’t) responding to the rise of infection rates and how we as a society can prevent the spread of the virus in future generations. It also tackles the myths and ignorance surrounding the HIV/AIDS virus and sends out a clear message: AIDS doesn’t discriminate. With new infection rates in the UK split equally between heterosexuals and homosexuals, the myth that AIDS is a “gay” disease is not only completely misinformed – it is dangerous.
The majority of the money we are aiming to raise will be used to buy the rights to archive news footage, so that we can tell as complete a story as possible. More information, clips from the film, low resolution copies of the archive footage and newspaper clippings – along with the option to donate – is available on our website http://www.after82.com
Initially conceived three years ago by Ben and Stephen as a short documentary, After ’82 (formerly The Elephant In The Room) has since expanded into a feature- length production. On hearing through word of mouth about the project, many people came forward wanting to tell their stories, and as a result the film has evolved from its initial concept.
As the project has progressed, distribution companies have begun showing an interest in the documentary, and we also have more and more people wanting to share their stories. We are currently at the early stages of collaborating with the Stand Tall Get Snapped: 30 HIV people photo project (website here http://edlondonphotography.co.uk) along with Shaun Dellenty, a head teacher who focuses on issues surrounding homophobic bullying and sex education.
We as a team are humbled and grateful to those people who have shared their stories with us and everyone who has shown interest and enthusiasm for the film. After ‘82 will be a testament to those who fight against HIV/AIDS, those who have passed away due to the effects of HIV/AIDS related illness and those who live with the virus.
Our main objective is to educate as many people as possible and help to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS and the virus’s supporters: stigma, misinformation, and ignorance. Hence our tag line “After ’82: You only know half the story”
You can find out more information on our website http://www.after82.com
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