Final 2014 Recovery Street Film Festival held at Camden Lock Market

News item posted: 29 September 2014

On Tuesday 30 September the Recovery Street Film Festival will hold its closing event for 2014 at Camden Lock Market in London.

The festival, opened by Mitch Winehouse, founder of the drugs and alcohol charity The Amy Winehouse Foundation, on 10 September in Borough Market, has travelled across the UK and is now returning to London for its final festival date.

Organised by a consortium of addiction treatment providers including Turning Point, Phoenix Futures, CRI, Blenheim and Action on Addiction, supported by Public Health England, Alcohol Concern and Drugscope, the festival aims to celebrate and promote recovery from substance misuse.

The festival has been showcasing the official festival films on the subject of recovery, chosen by a panel of film professionals including award winning documentary film maker Emma Wakefield, film producer Lisa Bryer, whose credits include The Last King of Scotland and psychologist, writer and documentary film maker David Cohen.

All qualifying films, including those not selected by the judges are available to watch and share online (www.recoverystreetfilmfestival.co.uk) promoting a greater insight into addiction and recovery.

Hundreds of thousands of people are directly affected by drug and alcohol problems and many thousand will, at this moment, be facing the challenge of achieving and sustaining long term recovery. The Recovery Street Film Festival aims to challenge existing preconceptions about addiction and show that recovery is possible and everyone deserves a future.

The Community Film Unit, whose film 'Harry's Story' won the Recovery Street Film Festival Competition 2014 said;

"It was an honour to win the Recovery Street Film Festival and it fills me with pride to see our work on the big screen. This was a brilliant opportunity for filmmakers to use the power of film to inspire those dealing with addictions. The partners and passionate team behind the event have created something very special indeed."

Mitch Winehouse said, "Since the creation of the Amy Winehouse Foundation our lives have been touched by the wonderful examples of human endeavour exhibited by those who have battled with and overcome addiction."

"This film festival is another great example of Britain's recovery community giving something back to society and reaching out to share their stories, and hopefully in turn save lives. In doing so they humbly shine a light on themselves and expose the incredible people they are today."

Rosanna O'Connor, Director of Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco at Public Health England said:

"The passion, energy and determination of the recovery community never fails to amaze us, and they are our greatest asset in spreading the word that recovery is possible for everyone. This film festival will help to show that we should all have high ambitions for what people can achieve as they overcome their addiction."

Lisa Bryer, Film Producer, who is a Trustee of Action on Addiction and a Recovery Street Film Festival judge said;

"I am honoured to be part of jury for the Recovery Street Film competition! Film has played a very important part in my recovery life. ..For the last 33 years of being clean and sober, being a film producer has been one of the best things that ever happened to me. I love film, I love making a good story come alive. I love the whole process of putting a film together!"

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You can find out more about the Recovery Street Film Festival at www.recoverystreetfilmfestival.co.uk or you can follow the action on Twitter at #RecoveryStreet

The final Recovery Street Film Festival will be held at Camden Lock Market on 30 September from 10am - 5pm.