With the legalization of drugs being a hot topic right now, this newly released sci-fi/rave original series considers the “not so distant future”, where recreational drugs have become socially accepted and commercialized. A group of friends risk their relationships and sanity to create the perfect new drug.
It’s not a film about John Belushi’s antics, but the story of four friends’ quest to create the perfect comedown-free drug. ‘Supplies’, a bio-chemist played by the outstanding Canadian actor Emmanuel Correia, works his way through multiple batches of experimental drugs, using himself and his friends as guinea pigs. Set against a backdrop of different retro music festivals and genres, from chill-out to drum & bass and everything in between, the friends test how far they can push themselves physically and mentally, before they pay the ultimate price.
The series is written, directed and edited by UK oldskool DJ and musician Andrew Wright (aka ‘The Moog’), the creator of numerous jungle techno and hardcore anthems back in the early 90s. Asked about his motivations to make the series, Andrew replied, “I wanted to explore the idea of an entire generation growing up in an era where all recreational drugs are legalized, sanitized and safe. Would they fantasize about the thrill of a time when drugs were illegal and risky? Would they feel as if they’d missed out on that rebellious phase in their lives?”
Andrew reminisces, “I still look back with nostalgia on the early 90s UK rave scene. It was the birth of a sub-culture. I wanted to make a series that could recapture that era, but viewed as being historical or retro, as if you were going to a 60s or 70s music night today.”
Toronto was also a source of inspiration, Andrew continued, “Filming in Toronto made perfect sense with its futuristic skyline, coupled with the immense talent of the independent film scene here. The series started out as a single pilot episode in 2014 and it took over three years to film seasons one and two. This certainly made continuity a real challenge, especially with the literally ever-growing trend of beards.
“The whole production involved over 200 people in three different countries and I can’t thank everyone enough for all their hard work. I had never worked with such an huge team before. It was also rewarding from a social perspective. We made a lot of new friends here in Toronto thanks to this production. There are a lot of genuinely great people in this city.”
He was also keen to mention, “I was determined that this story realistically show both sides, the ups and downs, of using recreational drugs. In fact, in season one, you may get the impression it’s all fun and games, but in season two (currently in post-production), things really start to unravel. With the modern-day problems of fentanyl overdoses, bad batches of MDMA, and criminalizing less fortunate members of society, the discussion on legalization needs to take place. I’ll leave it up to the audience to decide if my vision of the future is a world they want to live in.”
The award-winning season one is now available to watch at www.belushistoilet.com Season two has completed principal photography and is now in post-production. You can also catch the cast and crew at the Miami Web Fest in September, where the series is an official selection and nominated for Best Screenplay.