The film is a must watch for anyone interested in an alternative account of drug use to that of the mainstream media which is dominated by a narrative of crime, deviance and otherness. It is rare that the voices of people who use drugs feature in media discourse, and the film begins to address this gap, providing alternative narratives which highlight the role of pleasure and experiences of stigma.
Dr Amanda Atkinson, Senior Researcher within the Public Health Institute at LJMU.
The film captures perfectly the importance of dancefloors to hundreds of thousands of people in the UK and beyond. Clubbing and raving is a global phenomenon, which provides light and meaning to its many participants, who speak of making friends, getting lost in the music, and gaining self-confidence and kindness from their interactions with others on the dancefloors of their choice. One viewer of the People and Dancefloors film watched it with tears in his eyes, saying “I miss clubbing and dancing so much, and cannot wait to get back onto the dancefloor, where I feel truly at home”
Dr Karenza Moore, Lecturer in Criminology and Security.
An excellent film putting drug users’ views and lived experience at the heart of the narrative. I imagine this would be an excellent resource for any parent confused or frightened by their kids’ drug use.
Author and journalist Mike Power.
I think the film is great: some really interesting insights into both dance cultures and drugs. It certainly made me think.
James Nicholls, CEO of Transform Drug Policy Foundation.
People and dancefloors video playing now – what a great piece of work!
Dr Johnny Ilan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
It gave me an entirely new perspective on the concept of recreational drug use and the policies surrounding it. Getting to hear first-hand accounts and experiences directly from the participants themselves provided a unique insight into this topic. We don’t often talk about drugs as a society in any way other than associating it with criminal offenses or those in poverty. The film really challenges expectations of what someone who uses drugs is like, as well as their lifestyle.