Ben came from a loving middle-class family living in a quiet, picturesque village. He was a Boy Scout, played in the school orchestra and looked forward to the annual family holiday. But despite it all, Ben found himself on the road to ruin and eventually found himself addicted to heroin.
During his last months of life, Ben kept a video diary of his drug use and the many desperate attempts to come off heroin. Ben’s body gradually broke down during the course of this filming: he developed DVT and his veins were rendered so useless he had to inject into his groin. Despite his family’s best efforts, Ben couldn’t stop.
Ben: Diary of A Heroin Addict charts his lies and manipulation as he mixes his next hit whilst telling his mother Anne he is clean and making a new start. It reveals Anne’s anger and tears as Ben loses his fight against the drugs and shows how father Mike’s unconditional love continues undiminished as they deal with their son’s addiction.
Director Olly Lambert comments: “It’s incredibly rare to come across such raw and unflinching footage of a man so close to an abyss. I was speechless when I first watched it. I hope the film finishes what Ben had begun: to give people a visceral understanding of the nature of addiction. It has been a privilege to try and unpick who Ben really was using the intimate legacy hes left behind.”
“I hope to god you look at these videos and see what a mess I got myself into.” — Ben Rogers.
“Requiem For A Dream” and “Trainspotting” have always been accepted as the best works about Heroin addiction. But in my opinion Ben’s work deserves more credit than these movies. Thanks Ben.
Comment from an OnlineDocumentaries.com user before switching to WordPress:
I recently watched a documentary on a mafia hit man who killed over a hundred people without remorse and this shook me far more. I never have and very likely will never use needles. To see Ben’s sickness only strengthens my decision and gives further truth to something I once heard, “someone addicted to heroin is really addicted to misery” my regards to family.