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A moving biopic with an emotional wallop

Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Photo: PA Photo/Entertainment One

Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Photo: PA Photo/Entertainment One

Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Dallas Buyers Club is a profoundly moving biopic of a hard-drinking Texan electrician who refused to passively accept that his HIV-positive diagnosis in the mid 1980s was a death sentence.

Instead, Ron Woodroof smuggled a cocktail of unapproved drugs into America in direct defiance of his physician who believed clinical trials were the only way to combat the virus.

Woodroof established a club to sell medications to other HIV-positive patients but his actions drew the attention of police and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which at that time took eight to 12 years to approve a new drug. Ron didn’t have time on his side - doctors expected him to be dead within a month - so he bent the rules to stay alive. He goes into business with an HIV-positive transvestite called Rayon (Jared Leto) to peddle the same pills to gay men living with the virus. His inspirational crusade became a beacon of hope: Woodroof died on September 12, 1992, several years after he was diagnosed with the virus. McConaughey is mesmerising, shedding 40 pounds to convincingly portray the emaciated sandy-haired hustler.

 

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