Trust Me I’m A Doctor was made for the Helen Bamber Foundation to raise awareness about doctors and psychologists involved in torture. Medical professionals work alongside torturers to ensure victims are fit to be abused and susceptible to persuasion. Back in the early 1900s, the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst had this to say about the force-feeding of comrades on hunger-strike: "Holloway Prison became a place of horror and torment. Sickening scenes of violence took place almost every hour of the day, as doctors went from cell to cell performing their hideous office.” The US military still force-feeds ‘terrorists’ in Guantanamo, and Muslim internees at Abu Ghraib - Iraq described being compelled to consume pork and alcohol. Torturers don’t want to kill their victims; they want to infantilise them. They use fear to control them and destroy their resistance, and the methods - often devised by medical and psychological consultants - get ever more sophisticated: drug regimes loosen tongues, mind games bewilder, sleep deprivation disorientates, sexual degradation humiliates, threats against families terrorise, water-boarding induces near-death experiences, excruciating pain scars people for life. Democracies that sign conventions against torture subcontract their dirty work to countries happy to oblige for favours and rewards. While we were making the film, a Saudi judge was shopping around for surgeons willing to sever the spinal cord of a prisoner convicted of paralyzing a man in a brawl. Victims of extreme torture survive by fantasizing that their body has betrayed them, and encouraging them to take possession of their bodies again is central to rehabilitation. Ironically, therapists at HBF ask the same questions as the interrogators: “How are you feeling today? Is there something you’d like to tell me?” They have to ‘deconstruct the bad doctor’ and ‘reconstruct the good doctor’, and create a place of safety before survivors will even begin to trust them. Big thanks to an amazing team who worked on this project (see credits) and to Radley Yeldar for their wholehearted support.