A FILM that aims to tackle the issues of drug and alcohol abuse in the upper Calder Valley will be available on DVD shortly.
Shed Your Tears and Walk Away, which was made by Jez Lewis, will be stocked in Muse Music, Market Street, Hebden Bridge, The Bear, Rochdale Road, Todmorden, and Revo Records, Westgate, Halifax.
Shed Your Tears and Walk Away was directed by Hebden Bridge-born film maker Jez Lewis who wanted to know why some of his friends had died through suicide or drink and drugs.
It has caused some controversy in the town but that was not its aim and it also has a wider resonance, receiving the support of the Samaritans.
Jez said: “My aim in making the film was to build bridges, but unfortunately it has been reported as a controversial film, but it’s not.
“People said that the thesis was off the mark, but that was not my aim at all. It’s a film about what I saw.
“The film is about giving a voice to the people that get ignored and it has had the support of the Samaritans.”
Last September, the Halifax and Calderdale Samaritans organised a one-off screening of the film at Hebden Bridge Picture House.
It was followed by a question and answer forum, featuring a wide-ranging panel, including Jez, giving local people the opportunity to have their say about the issues raised in the film.
The forum was open to all shades of opinion and was filmed by the BBC, forming a part of its documentary programme, Inside Out.
Now it is available for people to buy and see for themselves what the debate has been about.
On the DVD extras, there is the film trailer and an interview with the accomplished British producer Nick Broomfield, who was executive producer on the film.
The film will be priced at £10 and for more information visit www.shedyourtears.com.
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