Alex Gibbon explains why he took the opioid crisis in the documentary ‘The Crime of the Century’

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Premiering a few months after the release of his COVID-19 documentary in October Completely under control, Alex Gibbons The crime of the century Looking closely at the opium crisis in America. Here, Gibbon says THR Why the epidemic demands our attention.

Why are you interested in the first opioid crisis?

There was an idea that this was not something that had just happened, there was a series of interconnected crimes. And it was interesting to me, because it seemed to redefine what was missing in terms of understanding and resolving the opioid crisis so it was not just a natural phenomenon like a hurricane or a flood, but it was a crime. And if there is a crime, there are people to count on, and there is a way to fix things so that the crime does not happen again.

You can explain the title of the photo and why you decided to call it The crime of the century?

It seemed so big. That means 500,000 people have died. And when I say “century”, I mean the 21st century, so I haven’t had to deal with a number of other crimes before. And this is also a crime of this century. In other words, Purdue introduced oxycontin in the late 90s, but most of the damage from opioids was in the 2000s, so it seemed reasonable – both in its magnitude and time.

That you have just been released In complete control, Does COVID-19 have anything in common with the way America reacted to a film, an epidemic, and an opioid epidemic? Are you intersecting those two health crises in important ways?

Percentage. The Trump administration’s approach to the COVID crisis was its presence so that it did not harm the business. When attempts were made to supply PPE and other hypnotic technologies, a series was given to the private sector that was designed to maximize profits rather than good patient outcomes. . Both the COVID epidemic and the opioid crisis demand a multidisciplinary integrated response; All of these interrelated issues … claim a consolidated response that companies that focus on a specific product, not just their bottom line, can’t meet. I think the government has failed us, and they have failed us because you have given the market a much more social policy than a broader, more coherent understanding of how you can run a country for the benefit of our citizens.

Interviews performed for length and clarity.

The story first appeared in the June issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To get the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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Alex Gibbon explains why he took the opioid crisis in the documentary ‘The Crime of the Century’
Alex Gibbon explains why he took the opioid crisis in the documentary ‘The Crime of the Century’

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