Interview with Ben Steele
HBO How did you get involved with this project?
I got a call saying that there was an appetite to do a program about gay rights in Russia and the situation unfolding there. This was in the summer of 2013. I realized that it was going to be a big and important issue. The more I looked into it, I realized that what was going on in Russia was extremely disturbing. The question became: How do we do this subject justice? We know it?s not fun to be gay in Russia, so we wanted to make a program that would approach this issue in a way that would really bring home just how dark the situation is. That?s why we decided to approach it, almost, if you like, through the eyes of the vigilante groups that target gay people.