Ben Rodgers was a bright schoolboy from a typical loving middle class British family, both he and his family expected him to become successful in life. He was raised in a quiet village and enjoyed cricket, was a keen boy scout, and he played in the school orchestra. His story is a familiar one, instead of living up to his promise he found himself on a path of self-destruction.
During the last two years of his life Ben began creating a video diary, frequently filming himself as he documented his drug use and his desperate attempts to ween himself off of heroin. He told how his body had began to crumble, he was diagnosed with DVT, and he had butchered so many of his veins that he had resorted to injecting into the veins in his groins. That video diary would ultimately become this documentary feature Ben: Diary of a Heroin Addict, edited from his footage after his death by director Olly Lambert.
The result is a documentary which has since been revered as one of the most important drug films ever made, giving the viewer a complete understanding of the nature of addiction and ultimately rendering them capable of seeing the human side of an addict, no documentary has ever got this close and personal with an addict before, and you will be left with the feeling that no other documentary has even scratched the surface. Ben Rodgers died of an overdose in 2007.