A FILM focusing on drug addiction and recovery in West Dunbartonshire is set to premiere this week.

Limbo, a drama directed by James Reid and written by Alan Cope, will air at GMAC Film in Glasgow's Trongate on Wednesday, April 10.

The short follows Nicky, who in the midst of drug withdrawal faces temptation at every turn, and his path to overcome his demons.

 And James was keen to the highlight the importance of the project.

He said: "When you think about films in Scotland involving drugs then the one most people jump to is Trainspotting.

"However, this film is nothing like that. Trainspotting is a classic movie, I am not downplaying it at all, but that genre has been done before.

"I wanted to make my film more realistic and down to earth while still trying to be entertaining.

"I don’t like films being too gritty or grim, I want them to have meaning. I did a project two years ago called Christmas in Rehab.

"I was then asked if I would be able to create a picture out of it and that ended up turning into a short film.

"Someone had seen the film and I was contacted by the WDADP (West Dunbartonshire Drugs and Alcohol Partnership) and they asked if I would be interested in adding more to the story.

"We ended it on a bit of a cliff hanger, and they wanted to see if we could take things a bit further.

"This continues the story of the character in the first film."

Christmas in Rehab was set in Greenock, but Limbo sees the production move across multiple locations in West Dunbartonshire, including Bonhill, Alexandria and Loch Lomond.

And James opened up on the personal connection many of the cast and crew have to the film.

"There are bits of the story that seem unrealistic but the point the film is trying to make is based around a scenario that is very simple and happens in everyday life," he continued.

"Around 90 per cent of the cast and crew have lived experience with addiction. We tried to make the film inclusive and make sure people are rewarded for their efforts.

"There are elements of drama and elements of comedy, but you are only going to understand the comedy if you have been through the situation."

"The most challenging thing I find with any sort of film is the scheduling and making sure everything runs like clockwork otherwise you just run into more problems.

"That is the hardest part of filmmaking for me, making sure that everyone’s schedules lines are up."

WDADP are supporting the project and James detailed how they are keen to explore different avenues to combat drug addiction.

"This an experiment for them to see the wider scope of how they progress recovery," he added.

"They are looking at more community groups rather than recovery groups, so they can widen things a bit more."