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
Director: Melissa Fergusson
DOP: Bertrand Remaut
1st AD/Sound Technician: Rob Ipsen
Camera Assist: Ainsley Calderwood & Nicolas Plaire
Underage Sex Worker: Geraldine Creff
John: Barrie Herrold
Friend: Alice Pearce
Friend’s John: Vanya Essin
Head MUA: Rebecca Alexander
MUA: Alishia Farry
‘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.
1. When did you discover your love of makeup?
I first discovered makeup when I was about 5yrs old using my barbie’s makeup to experiment. My sister was the first person to expose me to SPFX makeup by sneakily letting me watch “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. However I have to admit I feel in love with makeup when watching some of my family members create characters for different dress-up parties e.g. a Hookah-Smoking caterpillar and/or Sonic the Hedgehog. I mean how cool is that?
2. Where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspired by films, literature, music, art and nature. Anything that intrigues me really, usually material from the past and present, to create something unique yet relevant.
3. Your most memorable project?
This would have to be my first body art work I did earlier this year: Te Pō. The concept and design was inspired by artwork of my late grandfather, and the story of Māui and Hine-nui-te-pō. Model: Olivia Muru.
4. What is your go-to product in your kit?
Definitely my Studio Concealer and Correction Palette. Generally I only use the concealer where needed, rather than apply foundation all over the talent/model’s face.
5. Have you worked on other projects for ‘charlatan clinic’?
My first experience with ‘charlatan clinic’ was recently on their short film “Illegal Migrant”. I instantly connected with the WHORE team (cast/crew) and have been asked to collaborate on media photo shoots and further films in 2015!
6. Who would you love to work with – name anyone?
Quentin Tarantino. I have been fascinated with his films and SPFX since my sister let me watch Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 a few years ago!
7. What is the biggest lesson that you have learnt so far working with talent/models?
They aren’t just canvases, but human beings who have feelings and needs – such as a cup of coffee or a quick loo break, when they only have half their makeup done! You need to be professional and empathetic.
8. What is your favourite makeup or skincare brand?
The Body Shop. There’s something for everyone and it’s affordable. You need to really look after your skin because it’s (an asset) the base to great makeup application.
9. What’s your dream location to film/shoot?
Ideally next to some rock pools at a beach or in remote bush somewhere, off the beaten track.
10) What makes you smile?
Connecting with other people in a genuine way. Crossing paths with others knowing that somewhere along the way you have changed people’s lives in a positive way and/or vice versa.
Charlatan clinic’s most recent theatre work ‘Whore’ has now been adapted to screen. ‘Whore’ is a collection of stories about street sex workers from Auckland, New Zealand. The play has performed successfully in 2014 at alternative venues including Lifewise Merge Cafe in May/June, Lot 23 Studio in July, then toured to Wellington showcasing at BATS (Out of Site) in late September.
Fergusson has been working with a small team of creatives to start the process with one short film already in post-production.
‘Illegal Migrant’ will be screened in early 2015, with plans to take all 6 short films internationally, on the festival circuit.
The talented core cast for ‘Illegal Migrant’ includes Geraldine Creff (Illegal Migrant), Jennie Cruse (Patron), Carl Drake (John) and Becky Kuek (Maria) in this real-time snippet of this sex worker’s life.