Sunday, March 08, 2009

'Lost in a K Hole' Documentary

I can't show you any of what I did for it just yet, but I produced animation for a film called 'Lost in a K Hole?' sometime last month, which will be premiering in Leeds at the end of this month. It's a documentary about Ketamine, which I'd imagine is not something you would of expected to see me working on, eh? I'll update with details on the first screening when I get them, but for now here's the press release from Bbentertainment:

‘Lost in a K Hole?’ offers an introduction to the growing subject of ketamine in the UK. Wider issues surrounding the profitability of the ketamine industry, its rise in use in other European and trans-Atlantic countries, and its impact on specific individuals and society as a whole will be dealt with in subsequent projects by the Director. Before these matters are dealt with however, it is necessary to identify ketamine as a serious drug to consider in local council and general government decisions. This documentary seeks to close gaps in information so that the immediacy of these considerations is exposed.

There have been very few documentaries detailing the use of ketamine in UK society. On 26th January 2009, Cannabis was upgraded from a Class C drug to a Class B drug, whilst ecstasy remains in the news over reclassification battles. Ketamine is a drug largely ignored in government bills due to ignorance of the degree to which it is used, its widespread availability and its short term and long term dangers.

‘Lost in a K Hole?’ effectively demonstrates the need for a detailed investigation into the growing subculture of ketamine - a drug rooted in music scenes and clubbing cultures, which can also become part of everyday life for its addicts. The film uncovers truths about the motives behind taking the drug, its effects on the mind and body, its attraction and its repulsion. It also looks into how ketamine users can seek help, and begs questions about the effectiveness of these services in dealing with an ever increasing ketamine trend in the UK. The documentary takes a contemporary approach, interspersing cartoon animation which tells anecdotes about ketamine as well as providing accurate information through interview footage. ‘Lost in a K Hole?’ is therefore accessible to all viewers, whether they are outside or inside the ketamine culture.

The film was inspired by first-hand observation of ketamine subculture and illustrates regional trends of the drug, particularly in the director’s city of Leeds. ‘Lost in a K Hole?’ draws its conclusions from differing points of view in order to give an overview of the drug in scientific terms, clubbing culture, personal use and rehabilitation prospects.

Internationally celebrated neuro-scientist Gijsbert Stoet explores the psychological impact of ketamine, whilst Leeds-based but internationally recognized KeToLoCo DJs give an insight into the music scenes surrounding the drug. First hand experience of using ketamine and descending into addiction is eloquently and anonymously explained by an ex-user. Meanwhile, an ambassador for the Multiple Choice drug abuse charity in Leeds explores the paths of help people can choose to take and offers directions for progress in tackling problems with ketamine. Evaluation of the attitudes of all those involved in the film gives rise to thought-provoking conclusions. Are we lost in a K Hole? Is there a way out?

Produced and Directed by……………………………….Belinda Barnett

Camera/Editor…………………………………………….Paul Richardson

Animation by………………………………………………Aaron Foster

Colourist/Titles…………………………………………….Rob Flynn

Audio Post Production……………………………………Rob McAndrews

Assistant Camera…………………………………………Lucy-Ruth Hathaway

Written and Presented by………………………………..Belinda Barnett

(..and no, it has nothing to do with the Chemical Brothers song.)

1 comment:

Dave Allen said...

Hey Dude Congratulations