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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

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Whore Films Premiere @ Thievery Studio, 8 April 2016: Media/VIP 

Photographer: Peter Jennings

   

    
    
    
    
 

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

   
    
    
    
    
    
   

Cast For ‘Transgender’

Director: Melissa Fergusson

DOP: Tim Butler-Jones

1st AD: Rob Ipsen

Art Department: Lina Cruz

Transgender: Lee ah yen Faatoia

Barman: Baz Te Hira

Sex Worker: Morgan Bradley

Queen 1: Dominique De Coco

Queen 2: Amy Brosnahan

Beautician: Rebecca Parr

John: John Blackman  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   
   

   

    
 

Production Cast Meeting (1): ‘Refugee’

Director: Melissa Fergusson

Refugee: Rebecca Parr

Psych Patient: Gaby Turner

Counsellor: Rob Ipsen

Dealer: Baz Te Hira

Foreigner: John Blackman

John: Rhys Collier

   
    
    
   

Behind The Scenes: ‘Underage Sex Worker’ (Day 1)

Director: Melissa Fergusson

DOP: Bertrand Remaut

1st AD: Rob Ipsen

Camera Assist: Ainsley Calderwood

Underage Sex Worker: Geraldine Creff

Mother: Laura Ehlen-Wilson

Stepfather: Baz Te Hira

‘John’: Barrie Herrold

Head MUA: Rebecca Alexander

MUA: Alishia Farry

Runner: Dario Bower