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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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Review: Whore Films by Donna Banicevich Gera

Review – Whore Films 

The challenge in scriptwriting is saying as much as possible in the least amount of words and letting the visual images tell the story. Writer/director Melissa Fergusson definitely achieves this goal with her 6 short films: Married Woman, Transgender, Illegal Immigrant, Refugee, Underage, and Rent Boy.

 

Based on true stories, developed from interviewing sex workers from the streets of Karangahape Road in Auckland, these pieces provide insight into a sombre dark place. Painful episodes from the workers pasts play out with subtle characterization and haunting music in bleak settings. The characters struggles create the drama.

 

The world of each individual film is disturbing but is successful in taking the audience on a journey into situations of conflict and constant tension. The narratives are jarring because they force us to think outside of the imagination and make us focus on the reality of each workers personal position.

 

This collection of films raises many issues exposing complex scenarios about sex and relationships. They all work as stand-alone pieces but are also connected thematically. What emerges in my mind is that the films have been made to ‘educate’ and ‘question’ rather than to entertain. The audience is being asked to think.

 

On that note, you would have to be brain dead not to develop a real sense of empathy for these people. Thought provoking from beginning to end Whore Films equals job well done.

 

Donna Banicevich Gera

Screenwriter/Director Melissa Fergusson Talks WHORE Films

WHORE Films: Indiegogo

WHORE Films

‘Illegal Migrant’ (12 min film)

She hails from Brazil. Arrived in NZ on a tourist visa in the hope of finding love or a good job. Instead she resorts to sex work sleeping with both straight & bisexual men. She has one friend who she confides in and lives in fear of being deported.

‘Underage Sex Worker’ (12 min film)

She is 15, skeletal from poor diet and is a runaway from Northland. She has been taken away by CYF (Child Youth & Family) many times; lived in foster care and been molested by her step-father for 2 years, who is a junkie.

‘Transgender’ (12 min film)

Unaccepted by her Samoan family, she started working as a sex worker as she thought it would be fun. She receives a lot of attention from her clients who make her feel special. She is homeless, sleeps with men unprotected for more money and does meth.

Rent boy’ (12 min film)

He is Maori, suffers from PTS (post traumatic stress); has just come out of prison. He only sleeps with men for money, and confirms he’s straight. Sleeps with strippers, other sex workers and users. He has been selling his arse for 20 yrs.

‘Refugee’ (12 min film)

She is 23 yrs old from the Ukraine, had two children when she was 14 yrs to an older man; suffers from manic depression, and sleeps with everything that walks. Homeless, body is heavily blemished, addicted to drugs.

‘Married Woman’ (12 min film)

She is in early forties, sleeps rough or in cheap accommodation with her husband of 2 yrs, who is also her pimp and pride & joy. She has been working on the streets for 25 yrs and this is all she knows. Sleeps with bisexual & heterosexual men; sometimes unprotected. Husband beats her up regularly.

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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

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