Reviews and Festivals
"As Prescribed is a powerful portrayal of the reality of benzo misprescription – a global issue that is all too often poorly understood by health professionals and legislators. Extensively researched and sensitively filmed, it is also a celebration of individual and collective determination, courage and vision; it’s a truly educational and inspiring watch.”
— Gerri McHugh MA MSc MBA, Founder and Director, Global Health Film
"Holly Hardman's film on the damage wreaked by benzodiazepines offers a poignant insight into a devastating social crisis."
— Raul Niño Zambrano, Creative Director, Sheffield DocFest
"Through emotional interviews, Hardman shows the massive impact benzos have had on these individuals' physical, social, and financial health... As Prescribed shines a light on a lesser-known drug epidemic, putting the personal stories of survivors in the context of our broken health care system."— Judith Garber, Senior Policy Analyst, Lown Institute
"We are proud to have screened AS PRESCRIBED in the GlobeDocs Film Festival and to help shed light on the immense struggles of those adversely impacted by prescription benzodiazepines. This film deserves to be widely seen in order to facilitate much needed change around informed consent."
— Lisa Viola, Director of Programming, GlobeDocs Film Festival
"Holly Hardman has achieved an affecting piece of work that shows a wrong that needs righting... Groundbreaking. This film sheds a completely new light on the way these illness-inducing drugs are prescribed. The film makes clear that there is a crucial need for change in the culture of prescribing, and soon."
— Claire Violet Hanley, artist and benzodiazepine survivor
"As Prescribed is an eye-opening, stirring and necessary story of injustice and resilience...Superb...This sort of David vs Goliath story is gut-wrenching and shocking."
— Film Fest Report
"AS PRESCRIBED is an important film that sheds light on the serious dangers of benzodiazepines... Through the sharing of heartbreaking personal accounts, this compelling film challenges accepted notions of addiction, offering a deeper understanding of medication risks and serving as a bristling call to action for change."
— Mira Simon, Center for Independent Documentary
"As Prescribed helps foster a topical discussion on over-medication and general wellness. As Prescribed is a powerful and compelling documentary that we highly recommend!"
— Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Angeles DOC, Best Feature Documentary
Love Wins Film Festival, Best Message-Driven Film
GlobeDocs Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
New Haven Documentary Film Festival
Global Health Film Festival
Berkshire International Film Festival
Social Impact Film Festival
Love Wins Film Festival
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Awareness Film Festival