‘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.
27 March 2014
Media release: charlatan clinic
Challenging Theatre: ‘Whore’ Speaks Out
Charlatan clinic and Printable Reality are proudly working
In collaboration to present our new work ‘Whore’.
Contemporary, topical, true-life based monologues told by six
Characters: ‘Married Woman’, ‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Illegal
Migrant’, ‘Rent Boy’, ‘Refugee’ and ‘Transgender’. This work is a
Collection of stories about street sex workers in Auckland, New Zealand.
Directed and written by Melissa Fergusson (‘Motherlock’, ‘The
Artefact Project’, ‘pURe’, ‘Salt), the show features acting talent
Rebecca Parr (‘Shortland Street’, ’pURe’), Lee Ah Yen
Faatoia (‘The 3UP’, ‘Hongi’ for Sexy Bird) and Geraldine Creff
(Tartuffe, Spartacus) in the principal character roles.
‘Whore’ is performing at ‘Lifewise’ Merge Café on May 29 – June 1 at 8pm, who are kindly
Supporting and sponsoring this event. ‘Lifewise’ is an Auckland-based community organisation
Initiating new ways to solve challenging social issues and providing services to families in need, the
Homeless as well as older and disabled people.