Channel 4 has commissioned a new doc from Wall to Wall in which singer Will Young discusses the life and death of his twin brother.
Will Young lived with his twin brother Rupert’s alcoholism for over 20 years, until Rupert’s untimely death in July 2020. As well as coming to terms with his own grief, Will sets out to understand the impact alcoholism can have on families.
Rupert was Will’s best friend as well his brother, but his twin’s drinking problems went unnoticed at first. And whilst Will and his parents recall happier times with Rupert, this sensitive and affecting documentary will also look at the stigma surrounding addiction, the difficulty in getting long-term treatment on the NHS, the tireless process of rehabilitation and the constant worry of relapse.
Will Young said: “It was very enlightening and emotional to make this film and I am extremely proud of everyone ’s involvement in it. I hope it shines a light on the difficulties that so many people face today in the UK with addiction and getting the necessary help.”
Rita Daniels, Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 said: “We are very thankful to Will and his family for opening up about the sensitive and difficult topic of addiction and we hope Will’s profound tribute to his brother will go a long way to helping those going through similar issues.”
Colette Flight, Executive Producer for Wall to Wall Media said: “It’s been a privilege to witness how honest and open Will Young and his family have been in making this film about Will’s twin brother Rupert, in the hope that by sharing their experience they will help others who are coping with a loved one’s addiction and provoke conversations that challenge the stigma surrounding alcoholism.”
Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert is a 1×60’ made by Wall to Wall Media. The Executive Producer is Colette Flight and the Director is Jonny Ashton. The Commissioning Editor is Rita Daniels.
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