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Wed 6 Jun 2012, 8:15pm
Fri 8 Jun 2012, 8:30pm

Where: Event Cinemas, 505–525 George Street, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $18.50
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Group (10+): $14.50
  • Additional fees may apply

This stylish and hard-headed look at the commodification of sex from Michael Glawogger, the multiple award-winning director of Megacities and Workingman's Death (both of which screened at previous editions of SFF) explores the lives of prostitutes and their clients in three very different locations. First up, the neon lights and plate-glass windows of Bangkok brothel The Fish Tank, where the women take their seats and the customers pick their numbers. It's a marked contrast to the narrow dark alleys of the red-light district in Faridpur, central Bangladesh, where the profession is passed from mother to daughter. The final destination is Reynosa, a town on the Mexican-US border, where sex and violence meet head-on. A rich colour scheme and a pumping soundtrack from the likes of P.J. Harvey and CocoRosie imbue Glawogger's documentary with an uncomfortable yet compelling watchability.