Film explores extent of drug, substance abuse problem

2019-02-19 06:01
Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre director Ashley Potts and film maker, Marius van de Wall.PHOTO: Samantha lee

Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre director Ashley Potts and film maker, Marius van de Wall.PHOTO: Samantha lee

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Local film maker Marius van de Wall has teamed up with the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre (CTDCC) to create a documentary around substance addiction, abuse and recovery.

The documentary is still in its infancy, with van de Wall only having started filming on Thursday last week.

Doing it out of his pocket, van de Wall says there is no specified time limit to the filming of the project as yet.

“This story will tell itself. I want to see the extent of the drug problem and look into what the different solutions are. If there are no solutions, we also want to say that,” says van de Wall.

He is looking for residents to come forward to tell their stories of substance abuse.

Ashley Potts, CTDCC director says he agreed for the organisation to be a part of the documentary because it will educate residents on the issue.

“We agreed because there are many people making uneducated noise. We mean no disrespect by that but with this we can educate them correctly and guide the conversation. There is a massive drug problem in the country and we want this to be the best of both worlds, giving hope to families and addicts,” says Potts.

Van de Wall says he wants the documentary to be told in the words of those going through the struggle.

Potts says they are ideally looking for people who are fresh in recovery, parents or addicts and addicts themselves.

V If you would like to tell your story, call or message Potts on 082 887 6440.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.