Methadone: Painted into a Corner

The stories of two individuals, Gord and Nick, and their experiences with methadone.

Creative team

Writers: Chris Norman, Tim Lopers
Director: Chris Norman
Producer: Tim Lopers

Filmmaker’s statement

Our first goal with making this film was to create a dialogue about methadone treatment in its current state.

Methadone, an opiate replacement drug, is extremely effective at doing its job: getting people off other opiates. However, those who traverse this landscape soon find out that a majority of the time they are replacing one addiction with another but, this time, with all the cognitive dissonance that comes with taking it via medicinal treatment.

Our ultimate goal was to bring this notion to light that is so common among those that are now addicted to methadone. In doing so we hope the film, at the very least, gives people a different way of viewing this drug or methadone addicts.

Our greatest hope would be a discourse within the medical community about the ways to make use of the drug more effective in weaning off all opiates, including methadone. By speaking to individuals who have been through this hell, the dangers of this government-approved drug become clear.

Our second goal was to tackle an uncomfortable topic in an uncomfortable way as we felt this was the best way to help the audience understand the horrors of addiction. This idea was always in the back of our minds at every point in the movie-making process including our editing style, score, shot composition, and every other aspect in the making of this film.

Ultimately, this film’s final goal, despite the grime and horrors contained within, was to plant the seed of hope within someone’s mind who is going through this hell and tell them to keep going. However we also needed to present the ultimate truth that is not easy and that, while we portray a character who after years of addiction weans off his drug of choice, we also have a character that may never get off methadone.

An excellent question to ask would be why is this the right time for this film to enter public discourse. Currently, fentanyl overdoses are a daily occurrence and the Ontario government is advertising on social media about the availability of free Naloxone kits. The term “opioid crisis” has entered the household and the daily consciousness of the population.

Right now is the perfect time to discuss strategies and options for those who feel alone and unable to complete this difficult task in the hopes that it leads individuals to get clean, not only from opiates but also from methadone.

About Chris Norman

Chris Norman

Chris Norman is an emerging filmmaker currently attending Humber’s film and television production program with an emphasis on directing and writing.

He obtained an honours bachelor of science with distinction from the University of Toronto, majoring in psychology and English, which he uses to assist with writing and crafting stories, as well as understanding behaviour and psychology with relation to blocking and directing.

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