Mum Heroin and Me (4 stars)

Mum Heroin and Me

Channel 4, Thu 23 Oct, 9pm

DOCUMENTARY

A loving mother is driving her daughter into town for a special 21st birthday treat. In between a massage and hairdresser appointment, Hannah asks her mum to make a quick stop. But she’s not popping to the shops for a chocolate bar or a copy of Heat; Hannah is meeting up with a dealer to score some smack. Depressing as this scene is, the images of Hannah painfully trying to find a working vein for her needle is even more likely to have the tabloids hopping mad. Yet this documentary by Jane Treays (whose previous films about youngsters in bother include Painted Babies and A Child’s Life) is likely to have more impact in letting the public view the real horror of drug dependency than a thousand screaming headlines. With previous working titles of Brighton Girl and Hannah’s Story, the makers eventually plumped for Mum, Heroin and Me, certainly a more eye-catching name and one that gets straight to the heart of this modern tragedy.

While Hannah’s mother appears unwavering in support for her daughter’s ‘illness’, it transpires that just prior to the 12-month shooting of this film, Kate suffered a no-holds barred breakdown. Trying to see beyond Hannah’s mindset, which focuses solely on where the next fix might be coming from, Kate digs deep to remember the girl she once knew; it’s a traumatic and difficult process, which can only be propped up by uncompromising parental love. Whether the opinion-formers within the printed press will be quite so understanding and sensitive to their plight remains to be seen.

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9. darren mccullough24 Oct 2008, 11:20am Report

my heart goes out to that mother i fell into drugs at a early age like alot of young people today , i was bullied a bit to at school to which isn,t nice , i got into herion an crack an almost lost my life, i decided to leave london an move to ireland to try an beat my addiction ,this was eleven yrs ago an to this day i never relasped it was hard an still is,i,ve sister who lives in brighton who had kidney failure she needed a transplant so i offerd to help her out an donate one to her, thankfully everything went well an she,s alive an well , if i didn,t give up gear this would not of been possible, that young girl will beat drugs an by moving her from her enveirment she,ll beat it ..i hope she does love darren

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23. a mcvay20 Apr 2017, 7:10am Report

Cant believe that this guy ricky is doing it again living off another young girl. Not the first time.someone I know had a child to this guy and he put it into care coz this gril was sent to prison for selling drugs to feed this guys drug abbit andd thats not all he made her do.now he is living off another young girl. Scumbag is all I can say about men like him if u cant look after a partner as the man don't have one never mind live of one he will have her doing all kinds

24. Michka Mckenna24 Sep 2018, 1:04pm Report

Does anyone know how Hannah and her Mum got on all these years later?

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