Independent film makers, Lux Pictures, have created a short film about life with HIV – meeting the friends, family and partner of beyondpositive’s editor-in-chief, Tom Hayes


Glen Scott of Lux Pictures
Glen Scott of Lux Pictures

The team at Lux Pictures, lead by director Glen Scott, were a group of four, final year Television and Broadcasting students from Portsmouth University.

The film follows beyondpositive‘s editor-in-chief, Tom Hayes, for a day, meeting his friends, partner and parents. It covers his diagnosis, disclosing his HIV status, treatment and his on going HIV activism & advocacy work.

Talking to beyondpositive, Glen explained why they’d chosen to focus on HIV for their final project:

“We found that most videos based on HIV are usually very clinical, focusing on statistics and facts. We wanted to shy away from that, strip it down to the basics and instead, simply tell a story.”

“Personally, before I visited I was under the impression that Tom would be on so much more medication than he actually was, I was surprised by just how far treatment of the virus has come in modern medicine today.”

“Through storytelling from several different perspectives, we wanted to put across the message that even when life doesn’t deal you the best hands, there’s always a way to turn it into something positive (if you’ll pardon the pun).”

The four members of the Lux Pictures team were: Glen Scott (director), Wayne Pentony (producer), Chris Harkus (camera) and Oliver Ing (sound & graphics).

The film, which you can watch below, will also be screened at the beyondpositive birthday event in August.



  1. What a great video and great idea. Well done for being brave enough to do this and show others what this means.

  2. Awesome video Tom. Thanks for being brave enough to share your story so openly and honestly, I am sure it will inspire lots of others 🙂

  3. Fine work Tom. Your experience is mine and it seems we have the same time in grade. Without knowing of it I have followed your example and re-channeled a lifetime of LGBT work into a new focus on HIV/AIDS. I congratulate you on coming out a second time, one more important perhaps than the first.

  4. A great video. Heartbreaking to hear of the negativity from so-called friends. Ignorance is usually the issue here. I’ve been positive for over 20 years. Healthy and happy. But it was a different story in the early days and I lost many of my friends.

    Good luck and thanks for showing and proving to others that HIV is controlled and managed very well these days…

    Cheers m8 🙂



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