Category: theatre

Up Close & Raw: Whore Films

Friday, 15 July 2016

Press Release: charlatan clinic

 

Up Close & Raw: Whore Films

 

Charlatan clinic are proudly showcasing the first public screening of Whore Films at Capitol Cinema in Balmoral for two nights only, 20th and 21st July. All six short films:  ‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Married Woman’, ‘Illegal Migrant’, ‘Rent Boy’, ‘Transgender’ and ‘Refugee run in succession for one hour and delivers a snapshot of each street sex worker based on true life experiences in Karangahape Road, Auckland.

 

The ‘Whore’ project was initially a theatre work performed nationally throughout 2014. All six monologues were then adapted to screen by Melissa Fergusson and mentored by writer, Donna Banicevich-Gera. Whore Films were produced on lo-to-no budget filmmaking in 2015 and were made for ‘social change’ and to challenge public stigma.

 

Charlatan clinic is supported by LYC (Love Your Condom), Four Eyes Media NZ, Roccabella Jewellery, Clash Boutique, Paper Bag Princess, Splice & iTICKET.

 

Tickets available from https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/jul/whore-films

Limited Door Sales $15 Student/Equity, $20 Adult

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‘Whore’ Films Hit Auckland Cinema

Charlatan clinic is delighted to announce the public screening of all 6 Whore films: ‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Married Woman’, ‘Illegal Migrant’, ‘Rent Boy’, ‘Transgender’ and ‘Refugee’ to be showcased at Capitol Cinema for two nights, 20th and 21st July, 2016.The ‘Whore’ project was initially a theatre work performed nationally throughout 2014. All six monologues were then devised to screen by Melissa Fergusson and mentored by writer, Donna Banicevich-Gera.

The core cast for ‘Whore’ Films being Geraldine Creff (‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Illegal Migrant’), Rebecca Parr (‘Married Woman’, ‘Refugee) and Lee ah yen Faatoia (‘Transgender’, ‘Rent Boy). Each short film runs for 12 minutes and delivers a snapshot of each street sex worker based on true life experiences in Karangahape Road, Auckland.

“Whore is an arresting compilation of six short films about sex workers…” – Simon Prast, Actor

“An emotionally effecting and unflinching series of short films that sets out to reveal the real and human side to people who work under the label of “sex worker”…” – Kathryn Burnett, Screenwriter

“Melissa Fergusson has explored in a fearless way cinematically, a dark hidden area of the human sexual psyche…” David Blyth, Filmmaker

Tickets are available through http://www.iticket.co.nz

Production Meeting: ‘Whore’ Films Premiere

Photographer: Peter Jennings

Creative Director: Melissa Fergusson

Drag Queen: Edward Cowley (Buckwheat)

Producer: Gaby Turner

Event Manager: Rob Ipsen

Art Director/Department: Lina M Cruz

   
    
    
    
    
    
   

‘Whore’ Films World Premiere Announced

Charlatan clinic is pleased to announce the world premiere of all 6 Whore films: ‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Married Woman’, ‘Illegal Migrant’, ‘Rent Boy’, ‘Transgender’ and ‘Refugee’ to be screened at Thievery Studio on the 8 April, 2016. 

The ‘Whore’ project was initially a theatre work performed nationally throughout 2014. All six monologues were then devised to screen by Melissa Fergusson and mentored by writer, Donna Banicevich-Gera.

 

The core cast for ‘Whore’ Films being Geraldine Creff (‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Illegal Migrant’), Rebecca Parr (‘Married Woman’, ‘Refugee) and Lee ah yen Faatoia (‘Transgender’, ‘Rent Boy). Each short film runs for 12 minutes and delivers a snapshot of each street sex worker based on true life experiences in Karangahape Road, Auckland.

 

Sponsors kindly supporting this event: Roccabella Jewellery, Thievery Studio, Topic Rentals, Paper Bag Princess, Drag Queens: Buckwheat & Tess Tickle, Splice, Four Eyes Media NZ, LYC, Clash Boutique, LEW Performance, Stolen Rum and Foxes Island Wines.

Production Cast Meeting (1): ‘Refugee’

Director: Melissa Fergusson

Refugee: Rebecca Parr

Psych Patient: Gaby Turner

Counsellor: Rob Ipsen

Dealer: Baz Te Hira

Foreigner: John Blackman

John: Rhys Collier

   
    
    
   

Production Meeting: ‘Married Woman’

Director/Writer: Melissa Fergusson

1st AD: Rob Ipsen

MUA: Angela Crumpe

Married Woman: Rebecca Parr

Husband: Baz Te Hira

Shop Assistant: Natasha Ross

Stranger: James Crompton

Transgender: Dominique DeCoco

John: Lee ah yen Faatoia

   
                 

Rehearsals (2): ‘Married Woman’

Director: Melissa Fergusson

Married Woman: Rebecca Parr

Stranger: James Crompton

Transgender: Dominique DeCoco

   
                 

Rehearsals: ‘Married Woman’

Director: Melissa Fergusson

Married Woman: Rebecca Parr

Shop Assistant: Natasha Ross

Husband: Baz Te Hira

   
                 

Project Whore: Interview #13

1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?
I don’t really know. It just is. Its a need I guess for some. I think its a bit of a dangerous job perhaps. I think it also gets glamourised in the movies. I think the reality is quite different from the image. But I think for some its also a conscious decision, a lifestyle choice, and some would even describe it as a calling.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?

Yes

3. Why or why not?

The first time I got dragged in there by an acquaintance and practically told I needed it. We didn’t have sex but ended up talking for an hour. Then he told me I was a woos and so kind of pressured me to go back and do it “properly”. It seemed like she was doing everything to make the experience as disconnected as possible. It was really quite a cold weird and uncomfortable experience. 

I did go once again because I guess I just wanted to have sex. And I had broken up with a girlfriend and hurt her badly and I feel sometimes sex complicates relationships and people get attached so I just wanted to have sex with someone who wouldn’t. That was a rather horrid experience too. 

After that I went a few times to some different people that specialised in certain fetishes that I became interested in. I guess I found it hard finding someone who was into them. And wanted a detached experience. Again the experiences were quite different than my expectations but I guess I enjoyed them to some degree. They didn’t involve sexual intercourse. 

4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?

Well its generally a derogatory term. Mind you a lot of words can be used in various ways with various tones. Sometimes people almost say it as a term of endearment to a friend. But for the most part it is a very derogatory term used to describe someone who sells themselves for sex, or sells their body, or used to describe someone who is particularly promiscuous.

5. Do you believe in monogamy?

I think it depends on the person you are with. Yes and no. I believe you an chose monogamy, but its up to you both to communicate what you want out of a relationship. Sometimes monogamy can work. Sometimes I guess its nice to be in a relationship where you have a bit more freedom, but sometimes that can bring about more problems than its worth. Or sometimes one person agrees to an open relationship because they desperately want to be with that person and although they really want monogamy with that person, maybe the person doesn’t want monogamy with them. Relationships are complicated and can take on many and various forms. 

6. Have you been solicited to, by a sex worker in the street? Male or female?

Yes I think probably both. If they were male it would have been transexual or transgender. I have never been with a prostitute though that works the street. I have only been to an escort agency or establishment of some sort. 

7. Do you think sex work is a choice?

Yes and no. For some people it is. Ultimately everything is a choice. But I think for some people they don’t have awareness of choice or they don’t have the choice to get out of it. However, having said that in other countries possibly even in NZ there are women who are sold into it, bought into it, forced into it, bullied into it, beaten into it and it isn’t much of a choice for them. I think it depends on the individual. I certainly think that side of prostitution is both immoral and illegal and needs to stop. But there are sex workers who enjoy what they do and almost find what they do a calling for them. 

8. Are you heterosexual, bisexual or gay?

I would say for the most part heterosexual. If there is a sliding scale probably 99.97%. But i have had the odd moment in my life where I have felt an attraction to a guy. I have never followed through on it though. And I don’t think I particularly ever will because I think it would potentially complicate things for me lol. Don’t really want to open that can of worms. 

9. Are you tempted to pay for sex – if you wanted to experiment?

Yes that’s been most of the reasons why I have. Sometimes I think going to see someone who does this kind go thing for a living, particularly if it is a lifestyle choice for them and it is a conscious decision for them, then I don’t see anything wrong with it. Sometimes it can be better because there is no sense of attachment after and noone hopefully gets hurt because you are both on the same page. You both know what you are there for. 

10. Lastly, do you judge others who visit sex workers regularly?

I try not to judge people at all. I don’t really know anyone who does if they do. It depends I guess on their intentions, motives, reasons. It depends on the situation. Even then I’d like to think I wouldn’t judge the person but their actions and would be curious as to why they were that way.