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Terrence Higgins Trust
'Stigma'
18 October 2023 60s
A stark choice.
by Jason Stone

Forty years after a series of public information films about HIV that traumatised a generation, the medical picture for those who contract it is much changed. The 1980s films voiced by John Hurt were designed to be scary because, at that time, an HIV positive test was widely considered to be a death sentence. Advances in antiviral medicine mean that it's a very different story today... but, this isn't widely known.

As this heartbreaking film makes clear, many people are still terrified of HIV. So much so that the stigma that surrounds it can be more harmful than discovering you have tested positive.

Director Stuart Langfield has ensured that audiences deeply feel the rejection that comes the way of the protagonists, and the film cleverly presents the viewer with a choice... do they want to be as heartless as those portrayed in it, or display compassion when it's most needed?

Product Category: Charities

Territory: UK



production
MTP
Director: Stuart Langfield (You Are Here)
Producer: Emma Pais
DOP: Leon Brehony
Prod Design: Urte Rust
Editor: Jen Mackie / Jack Lang
Colourist: Tom Cairns
Sound: William Aikman
Composer: Sam Tudor

  Terrence Higgins Trust - 'Stigma'


Terrence Higgins Trust
'Stigma'
18 October 2023 60s

A stark choice.

Forty years after a series of public information films about HIV that traumatised a generation, the medical picture for those who contract it is much changed. The 1980s films voiced by John Hurt were designed to be scary because, at that time, an HIV positive test was widely considered to be a death sentence. Advances in antiviral medicine mean that it's a very different story today... but, this isn't widely known.

As this heartbreaking film makes clear, many people are still terrified of HIV. So much so that the stigma that surrounds it can be more harmful than discovering you have tested positive.

Director Stuart Langfield has ensured that audiences deeply feel the rejection that comes the way of the protagonists, and the film cleverly presents the viewer with a choice... do they want to be as heartless as those portrayed in it, or display compassion when it's most needed?

Product Category: Charities

Territory: UK



production
MTP
Director: Stuart Langfield (You Are Here)
Producer: Emma Pais
DOP: Leon Brehony
Prod Design: Urte Rust
Editor: Jen Mackie / Jack Lang
Colourist: Tom Cairns
Sound: William Aikman
Composer: Sam Tudor

Terrence Higgins Trust 18 October 2023
'Stigma' 60s

A stark choice.

by Jason Stone

Forty years after a series of public information films about HIV that traumatised a generation, the medical picture for those who contract it is much changed. The 1980s films voiced by John Hurt were designed to be scary because, at that time, an HIV positive test was widely considered to be a death sentence. Advances in antiviral medicine mean that it's a very different story today... but, this isn't widely known.

As this heartbreaking film makes clear, many people are still terrified of HIV. So much so that the stigma that surrounds it can be more harmful than discovering you have tested positive.

Director Stuart Langfield has ensured that audiences deeply feel the rejection that comes the way of the protagonists, and the film cleverly presents the viewer with a choice... do they want to be as heartless as those portrayed in it, or display compassion when it's most needed?

Product Category: Charities

Territory: UK



production
MTP
Director: Stuart Langfield (You Are Here)
Producer: Emma Pais
DOP: Leon Brehony
Prod Design: Urte Rust
Editor: Jen Mackie / Jack Lang
Colourist: Tom Cairns
Sound: William Aikman
Composer: Sam Tudor