Addictions: Drugs, Gambling, Gaming

Save even more on these three Fifth Estate documentaries that tackle some of today's most common compulsions: video gaming, drug abuse and gambling.

Top Gun: Video Gaming Obsession:
This Fifth Estate doc delves into the tragic story of Brandon Crisp, a teen whose death and disappearance reveals a darker aspect to video gaming — addiction. Find out more and watch a clip.

Dark Crystal:
Gillian Findlay takes the viewer on a voyage into the shady corners of a small town wracked by crystal meth — cheap, easily produced and coursing through the veins of communities across western Canada. Find out more and watch a clip.

You Bet Your Life:
This program investigates the effects of VLTs — Video Lottery Terminals — on compulsive gamblers and society in general. Find out more and watch a clip.

  • 2014
  • 13-14
  • 3 Titles

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The Fifth Estate Dark Crystal

Exploring the dark experiences of methamphetamine addicts, journalist Gillian Findlay digs into the scarred lives of three young people — a reformed addict with a bright future, a 16-year-old girl struggling in rehab, and a man who cannot let go of the drug. Findlay takes the viewer on a voyage into the shady corners of a small town wracked by ...
  • 2004
  • 00:41:37
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate Top Gun: Video Gaming Obsession

On the 2008 Thanksgiving weekend, Steve and Angelika Crisp confiscated their son Brandon's Xbox. He retaliated by running away from home, and a much-publicized and unthinkable tragedy followed: his body was discovered three weeks later. Brandon's death became a national news story about much more than just another teen runaway. His disappearance and death revealed to parents a darker aspect ...
  • 2009
  • 00:41:50
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Fifth Estate You Bet Your Life

This one-hour program investigates the effects of VLTs — Video Lottery Terminals. Gambling is no longer considered a sin or vice; instead our provincial governments not only operate these terminals, but they also take 50% of the profits. Children are the fastest growing group of compulsive gamblers. The report highlights how the terminals affect compulsive gamblers and the larger impact ...
  • 2004
  • 00:38:37
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013