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What People Say

Michael Attwell – Director of MAP TV

Former commissioning editor Channnel 4,BBC, and Channel Five; chairman of BAFTA 2002-4

Frances Harper is charming and delightful; butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth.

But don’t be fooled: here is a woman of steely resolve who has managed, against the odds, to make films about prostitutes and drug addicts, blag her way into secretive company headquarters, make reluctant interviewees positively talkative…and get it all broadcast on national television. I wouldn’t like to bet against her succeeding when she’s made up her mind to embark on a documentary project!

 

Telegraph Review, March 2010

MY SON, DRUGS AND ME

A candid, unsettling documentary that looks at the difficulties faced by two families with drug-addicted sons;  it’s seen mainly from the mothers’ point of view. The families come from very different backgrounds but the pain and destruction they face are no different, each bailing their sons out of hospital or police station before finding that there is no end to the cycle of stealing, abuse and crime. In one case the situation became so bad that a mother had to put her sone into care.

 

Saturday Times, March 2010

MY SON, DRUGS AND ME

“It was like inviting a burglar to live with you,” is how one mother from an affluent, leafy suburb of South London describes living with her eldest son, who was in the grip of a dependency on skunk that caused him to steal from his family to fund his habit. This cautionary film follows two families over the course of three years, with a focus on how drugs ruined the relationship between mother and son.

 

Mail On Sunday, March 2010

MY SON, DRUGS AND ME

Two mothers who watched their teenage sons slip into a destructive cycle of drugs and crime share their experiences, recalling the aggressive behaviour and deceit that almost destroyed their respective families.

Debra’s son William enjoyed all the trappings of his middle-class upbringing, but despite his secure background, by his late teens he was living in squats and stealing to fund his ‘psychological addiction’ to cannabis skunk, turning his family into ‘the enemy’.

Life didn’t start off well for Chris, whose single mother Linda struggled to bring him up after the death of his father. Estranged for many years due to Chris’s heroin addiction, the pair are trying to mend their relationship, but the bad memories linger.

 

Diana Hare – Editor, BBC East

A very determined woman!
 

Suffolk Magazine, November 2010

Southwold~Having a Wonderful time! – SUFFOLK DOCUMENTARY MAKER REALISES HER DREAM

 

Let’s Talk Magazine – 2011

Chorus of approval for ‘gem of a film’ celebrating Suffolk coastal resort