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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



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 Team: Behind The Scenes




Photography by Tim Butler-Jones, Four Eyes Media NZ
Makeup Artist – Jemima Kean
Creative Director – Melissa Fergusson
Actors – Rebecca Parr, Geraldine Creff & Lee ah yen Faatoia

Interview with charlatan clinic makeup-artist: Jemima K

1.When did you discover your love of makeup?
I’ve always been quite artistic, but never the best painter, the best photographer etc etc. Something about makeup just clicks with me. Ever since I was about 13 – I knew that this was something I wanted.

2.Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! From people’s faces on the street, different collections from my favourite designers. Things like Pinterest and Instagram have made it so much easier to gather information and images; if I’m ever feeling a bit uninspired I jump on one of those platforms and start scrolling.

3.What is your most memorable project you have ever worked on?
WHORE of course! I have had so much fun working with everyone involved, and I have become really passionate about the story behind the play. It is amazing to watch, and be a part of the transformation of the 6 different characters.

4.What is your go to product? The most essential item in your kit?
Probably a really good primer. I will never do a makeup without first properly prepping the skin. My favourite at the moment is a mixture of MAC Strobe Cream and Prep + Prime Natural Radiance.

5.Have you worked on other shows with charlatan clinic before?
Yes – I was involved with the WHORE project from the first show. It has been such a privilege to carry on with this play. Whore has a big future and I would love to continue to be a part of it.

6.Who would you really like to work with – name anyone?
I would love to assist or collaborate with Yolanda Bartram – a VERY talented body painter who runs Body FX. Body painting is a real passion of mine and Yolanda is one of the best.

7.What is the most important lesson you have learnt working with models/talent?
I think that it is really important to understand that you must be willing to step above and beyond your job description. You hold up towels while models are getting changed, you help photographers carry equipment, you spend hours cleaning brushes and stations, you stand in the pouring rain holding up umbrellas, you are a confident with the talent. However these are some of my favourite scenarios, because they make you feel a part of something bigger.

8.Do you have a favourite makeup or skincare brand ?
MAC is definately one of my favourite brands, because they are essentially made for makeup artists. But I do have a secret obsession with brands like Benefit and The Balm – the packaging is to die for!

9.What is your dream location to film/shoot?
Somewhere wild and crazy like.. on top of the Remarkables in winter, or in the middle of a desert.

10.What makes you smile?
Watching someones face as they look at themselves in the mirror after they have had their makeup done (or rather done well). Making people feel beautiful is the most rewarding aspect of what I do.

Project Whore: interview #10

1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?
More negative than positive.

It’s not as bad as war, genocide, starvation, violence … but not as good as Christmas is for the middle class kids, good friends, being loved, or achieving a long-held ambition.

It’s the kind of thing I wouldn’t want to be part of my life or want to be part of my daughter or sons future, but is something I can easily understand how people end up involved in as providers or users.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?

3. Why or why not?
Firstly because my catholic upbringing taught me sex was a sacred act to be reserved for marriage. That was a rigid guide-frame for my life until just a few years ago.

Secondly because I feel it degrades the dignity of both user and the sex worker.

Thirdly, probably as a result of the first two points, I don’t think I’d enjoy it.

Fourthly, there are many other things I’d rather spend money on.

4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?
A pejorative reference to a woman who trades sex.

5. Do you believe in monogamy?
Yes. More important to me than diverse sexual experience is a deep, rich and committed relationship which I believe monogamy helps.

6. Have you been solicited to, by a sex worker in the street? Male or female?
No, not that I recall.

7. Do you think sex work is a choice?
Yes and no. Everything is a choice, so yes in that sense. Slavery and addiction limit the choices of some people to living any way they can (e.g. sex work) or dying. I’m not well enough informed to know what circumstanced generally lead people to sex work.

8. Are you heterosexual, bisexual or gay?

9. Are you tempted to pay for sex, if you want to experiment?
No, see 3.3 above.

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

I try to stay out of the habit of judging people. It might be something that informs their social behaviour more generally, and if there is deceit of a committed partner involved I’d consider that wrong. But then there are lots of things wrong in this world…

Project Whore: interview #7


1.What are your thoughts on prostitution?

 I don’t think prostitution is a choice for many. Some want to get rich (quick) and the others are forced into it. I am not here to judge people on how they live their life.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?

3. Why or why not?
I have never needed to pay for sex.

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

 I don’t call a prostitute a whore. I think it too offensive to call someone a whore – when all they are doing is their job.

5. Do you belief in monogamy?
 Yes and no.

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?

Yes and no.  To some people sex work is all about money and freedom. In the third world countries, woman only do it to feed their family.

8. Are you heterosexual, bisexual or gay?

9. Are you tempted to pay for sex, if you want to experiment?

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

No, why would you?