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Rehearsal (4): ‘Transgender’

Director: Melissa Fergusson

Transgender: Lee ah yen Faatoia

Sex Worker: Morgan Bradley


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


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?


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.

Project Whore: Interview #12

1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?
I believe that it is an industry. A market niche that needs to be fulfilled.  There will always be people willing to pay for these services and they serve a purpose. It allows people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to satisfy their biological needs however does so in a more artificial fashion.
2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?

3. Why or why not?

I have never had the need or want to.  
4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?

It is a slur. A hateful word used to dehumanize sex workers whilst also used to belittle and demean female sexuality.
5. Do you believe in monogamy?

To a degree. It is the best option for a vast majority of the population. However, it is not the only way of going about things.

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

7. Do you think sex work is a choice?

In some cases it is and it can be a choice. However for a large section of the industry it is not which is tragic.
8. Are you heterosexual, bisexual or gay?

I identify as Pansexual. Similar to Bisexual but more personality oriented. In some senses it means I am “Gender Blind” to who I find attractive. Human beings can be exquisitely beautiful regardless of their chromosomes.
9. Are you tempted to pay for sex – if you wanted to experiment?

It crossed my mind when I had male hormones coursing through my veins. However even then it was still something I wasn’t particularly interested in. Sex was never a priority to me. Even more-so now that I am on hormone replacement therapy which has essentially “hit the reset button” on my sexuality.
10. Lastly, do you judge others who visit sex workers regularly?

No. People are paying for a service which they require. So long as it is gone about ethically I am in no place to judge another persons lifestyle choices.

Sneak Peek: ‘Illegal Migrant’ Film

World Premiere of WHORE: ‘Illegal Migrant’ screening on 14 February, 2015 from 6-10pm at Lot 23 Studio, Eden Terrace, Auckland NZ





Interview with charlatan clinic MUA: Angela Crumpe

1.When did you discover your love of makeup?

I discovered makeup at a young age maybe around 10. I was a ballet dancer and whenever we had showcases makeup was something I always paid attention to. I would take note of whose makeup was nice and whose makeup needed work, so in the end I could fix my own makeup to how I wanted it.

2.Where do you get your inspiration?

Inspiration for me comes from colour and all the historical eras, I also keep up to date with current trends. I find inspiration just by whoever my client is at the time as well, by their personality, and their personal style.

3.What is your most memorable project you have ever worked on?

Would have to be my first ever wedding! It was a classic 50’s style makeup with bold red lips and it was held at Auckland Zoo! I was able to attend the wedding as well, they had the ceremony in front of the Hippos and the dinner next to the lions!

4.What is your go to product? The most essential item in your kit?

Would have to be my Mac blot powder. It has been used on all my makeup jobs. It does not add colour or texture and primarily works to control shine, so I can use it on most skin however many times needed and it won’t make foundation look cakey.

5.Have you worked on other shows/shoots with charlatan clinic before?

I worked on the WHORE fundraiser in September and just recently ‘Illegal Migrant’ short film.

6.Who would you really like to work with – name anyone?

Either Audrey Hepburn or Twiggy from the 50’s 60’s or someone current would be Angelina Jolie or Aishwarya Rai.

7.What is the most important lesson you have learnt working with models/talent?

Always take in to consideration what they say works best, as they are the best person to know what works for them, and they are the one who needs to feel happy and comfortable in front of a camera.

8.Do you have a favourite makeup or skincare brand ?

Makeup brand would have to be Benefit, Revlon and Mac. They all are fun colourful and great quality. Skincare would have to be Dr Hauschka as it is completely natural and helps to support skins natural process.

9.What is your dream location to film/shoot?

Would be a photoshoot either on a beautiful tropical beach or a misty glowing forest.

10.What makes you smile?

Would have to be that moment when my client looks in the mirror and I see that surprised confident smile spread across their face.