This powerful documentary tells the intimate and shocking accounts of five men who were targeted by Daryll Rowe, the first person in the UK to be convicted of multiple counts of Grievous Bodily Harm, after deliberately infecting men with HIV.
The men in this film have waived their anonymity to speak publicly for the first time. Some, before filming, hadn’t even told their families. And all have the same question: why did he do it?
Through their multiple perspectives, this film builds a gripping account of how Rowe set out on a dangerous, nationwide campaign to trick men into having unprotected sex with him over a period of 18 months. The men share first-hand experience of how Rowe would lie about his HIV status, sabotage condoms and later send abusive text messages to his victims, taunting them with the virus.
A total of 24 men reported him to the police, but nobody knows how many others Daryll Rowe targeted.
Through candid and revealing testimonies, the film explores not only the devastating effect of psychological abuse, but also the resilience of ordinary people. Alongside the men, we hear from Rowe’s foster mother as she tries to come to terms with – and to understand – her son’s crimes. But, there is only one person who really has the answer: Rowe himself. A final interview given from prison attempts to understand his motive and provide answers for those affected.
A Century Films Production for BBC Three
1 x 48 minutesComposerAndy C TaylorCameraCara BowenTechnical AssistantBen YatesProduction AssistantElla CoveneyProduction ManagerClancie John-PierreHead of ProductionJane NicholsonEditorSean Mackenzie Executive ProducerKatie BailiffFilmed, Produced & DirectedCharlotte Charlton