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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



Project Whore: Interview #16

1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?I think it is needed for many different reasons in a clean, safe and controlled environment for the sex workers and user’s.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?

Yes – twice.

3. Why or why not? 

Two different reasons – first time after a going through a break up with a lot of sadness, I hadn’t been with a woman for a while; you know how it is when you have had a partner for many reasons, mind and soul. Second time, I was out one night got a bit drunk and was heading home, I felt the desire to have sex (which was good at the time), because it was purely for sex. The second time it was much different, the ‘want and need’ then was just to touch and hold a woman.
4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?

I don’t like that word, so it doesn’t mean much to me.
5. Do you belief in monogamy?

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 most circumstances.
8. Are you heterosexual, bisexual or gay? 

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

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


Project Whore: Interview #15

1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?  Open minded. Totally opposed to the practice of forcing people into prostitution. But if it is the persons choice and free will then I have no issue with someone deciding to work in the sex industry. Their reasons are their own and it’s not for me to judge them. 



2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?  

No – I have never had sex with a sex worker before. ( I was in a relationship with an ex sex worker for a few months) but I have paid to be with a sex worker and been masturbated by a sex worker but not sexual intercourse. 



3. Why or why not?  

Mixed feelings – happy to have paid for services in the past when I wanted to, but didn’t want to cross an emotional/moral line I had put in place on the grounds of self preservation. Although I feel open-minded and remain so, there is something in me that feels I would be letting my own set of standards down if I paid for sex, but like I said happy to pay to be masturbated. a fine line I know…….. 



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

Many things but a perjorative term. Someone who ‘WHORES’ themselves out for fame…money…love….sex.  


5. Do you belief in monogamy? 

I’m trying to……. 



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

Yes ….female and transgender. 



7. Do you think sex work is a choice? 

I think it should be ….it isn’t always. There are numerous documented cases across the world of people being forced into sex work. In New Zealand I would imagine the vast majority do it through personal choice. I believe people should be allowed to have the choice to be a sex worker. 



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? 

I try not to but somewhere inside me I would find myself questioning why they couldn’t find happiness without the need to regularly visit a sex worker. I 100% support their right to choose to do so though.

Behind The Scenes: (Day 2) ‘Rent boy’

Director: Melissa Fergusson

DOP: Tim Butler-Jones

1st AD/Sound Technician: Rob Ipsen

Rent boy: Lee ah yen Faatoia

Homeless man: Gabriel Henry

John: Michael Hallows

Art Department: Lina Cruz

MUA: Angela Crumpe




Cast for ‘Rent boy’ #indiefilm

Rent boy: Lee ah yen Faatoia

Stripper: Christine Becker

‘John’: Michael Hallows

Probation officer: Baz Te Hira

Homeless guy: Gabriel Henry


Project Whore: Interview with Social Worker ‘Natalie Thorburn’


1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?

Wow, that’s a really broad question. The sex industry is really multi-faceted and complex. I think overall I take a neutral stance on sex work – I try to balance being anti-exploitation with being pro-sex workers’ rights. 
2. Tell me about your present role as a social worker. Who are you working with/for?

My background is predominately in sexual violence. At the moment I’m in private practice as an ACC-registered counsellor and social worker, working with survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence. I’m also a lecturer in the social work programme at MIT, and do some private research work as well. 
3. Do you think sex trafficking exists in New Zealand?

Yes, I do. 
4. What is your stance on the word ‘Whore’?

It’s an initially quite confronting word. I tend to tense up when people use it colloquially because it can have derogatory overtones, but I also see it as affirmative action – kind of like the word ‘cunt’. I can see how reclaiming it, as a population, is a way of fighting stigma. 
5. Do you work with NZPC (NZ Prostitutes Collective) in anyway?

No, although they have been helpful in the past when I was doing research into underage sex work. 
6. In your opinion – do you think “sex work is work”?

Yes, absolutely, and should be respected as such. However, there are also situations where sex workers are exploited to the point where they’re essentially working as slaves, rather than free workers. 
7. You have recently been broadcast on radio & television talking about underage sex work. Has this had an impact on society do you think?

Underage sex work, or the broadcast? Probably not. 
8. Even though prostitution was decriminalised in NZ in 2003 – Do you think there is still a lot of stigma surrounding sex work in this country?

Of course. Like any type of stigmatisation, it takes a lot longer to subside than what it does to change the law. I think a lot of people see it as a by-product of immorality or personal failing – the type of attitudes that were around in the 1800s still stay strong in some people’s minds. I think there’s also a lot of ignorance about the reality of sex work, which leads to (largely negative) assumptions about the industry. 
9. Is sex work a choice?

Well, that’s the million dollar question! I’m not sure a single answer could sufficiently answer that question! For many sex workers, yes, it is. For others, its the result of an oppressive social structure that places people in marginal positions where there are few other viable alternatives. For still others, abuse or exploitation means they never got to a position where they could make that ‘choice’.
10. With all the (humanitarian) social work you do in education, rape crisis & counselling – how do you look after yourself?

All the usual ways – I have supervision, I debrief with friends, I schedule time away from the intensities of work, and I have been known to seek therapy when things become overwhelming. Having said that, I also feel that this kind of work gives energy and life as much as it takes it. Working with any kind of injustice or trauma can be challenging – but things like good sleep, good food, good sex, good friends, and good down time can safeguard against a lot of it. 

Behind The Scenes: ‘Refugee’ (Day 2)

Director: Melissa Fergusson

DOP: Tim Butler-Jones

1st AD/Sound Tech: Rob Ipsen

Location Manager: John Blackman

Hair Designer: Jordan Camilleri

MUA: Angela Crumpe

Refugee: Rebecca Parr

Foreigner: John Blackman

Dealer: Baz Te Hira

John: Rhys Collier

Stylist: Melissa Fergusson