"How To Tell A Secret," an Irish documentary about HIV, arrives on Netflix Ireland and UK today, December 1, World AIDS Day.
The team behind "How To Tell A Secret" was delighted to announce that the Irish documentary would be heading to Netflix in Ireland and the UK.
Whoooop! Delighted to announce #HowToTellASecret @ASecretFilm will be available on @NetflixUK from December 1 #WorldAIDSDay2023 Huge thanks to all our team who made it possible and @artscouncil_ie for funding it @AnnaRodgersDocs @SeanieLove @ZlataFilipovic @pozvibepod pic.twitter.com/R2edmwpQl7— How To Tell A Secret (@ASecretFilm) November 21, 2023
A synopsis of "How To Tell A Secret" says: "Robbie Lawlor was diagnosed with HIV at 21 and became one of the youngest people to come out on Irish television.
"Enda McGrattan, also known as Veda, promised to keep their HIV status a secret but eventually broke free with a song. And a group of Irish and migrant women, who cannot show their faces, found creative ways to have their voices heard.
"In this powerful hybrid documentary, directors Anna Rodgers and Shaun Dunne use documentary, performance and genre blurring storytelling techniques to communicate a powerful message of what it is like to live with HIV in Ireland today.
"The film also includes a dramatic tribute to Thom McGinty, aka The Diceman."
"How To Tell A Secret" was directed by Anna Rodgers and Shaun Dunne and produced by Zlata Filipovic for Invisible Thread Productions. Music for the film was scored by Michael Fleming and Hugh Rodgers. Eleanor Bowman was the director of photography and the film was edited by Paul Mullen. The film was made as part of the Reel Arts award with The Arts Council of Ireland.
"How To Tell A Secret" was nominated for Best Feature Documentary and Best Cinematography at the IFTAs earlier this year and has screened in cinemas across Ireland throughout the year.
The film will be available to view on Netflix UK from December 1 to mark World AIDS Day, an international day dedicated to spreading awareness about the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection. World AIDS Day also mourns those who have died of the disease.
Rodgers told Irish media outlet GCN that the film covers "one of those topics that needs… conversation and storytelling behind it to create a shift in society."
"We really want to help dispel some of the stigma that surrounds HIV so people can live shame-free."