Australian Screen

Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

Titles tagged with ‘prostitution’

14 titles - sorted alphabetically or by year

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Bliss feature film – 1985

To say Bliss was ahead of its time is an understatement: the bold metaphors and sharp satire weren’t appreciated by everyone in 1985.

Burning Man feature film – 2011

A chef finds his life in crisis after a personal tragedy.

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Candy feature film – 2006

Candy is a beautifully controlled film with an intense sensuality preceding an equally intense descent into grief and regret.

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For a Price documentary – 1985

This catalogue of what kinds of sex there was for sale in the mid-1980s, also makes a link between drugs and prostitution.

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The Good Woman of Bangkok documentary – 1991

At the time of the film’s release there was a lot of debate about filmmaker O’Rourke’s relationship with his subject – a prostitute – and the issues that raises.

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The Jammed feature film – 2007

The Jammed (2007) is a rare kind of Australian film – a passionately committed thriller about a great wrong. It was shot on a low budget and struggled to find a cinema release until it was championed by critics.

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Moulin Rouge! feature film – 2001

Moulin Rouge! was a risky venture for director Baz Luhrmann but is a tour de force of imagination and appropriation.

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Pianoforte short film – 1984

A young woman who yearns to become a concert pianist is rescued from a sleazy cabaret by a mysterious cat burglar with whom she falls in love.

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Rachel’s Story documentary – 1997

At 16, Rachel was a prostitute and heroin addict in Kings Cross. Years later, she helps a prostitute reform.

Revolving Door short film – 2006

A snapshot of St Kilda’s illegal sex industry and the people it affects.

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Sleeping Beauty feature film – 2011

A young female university student takes on an unusual, erotic freelance job to support her studies.

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Unfinished Sky feature film – 2007

The same Dutch actor plays the lead role in this Australian remake of a Dutch film, and the original.

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Winter of Our Dreams feature film – 1981

It was surprising that this uncompromising film about a junkie prostitute’s failure to find love, would work so well with audiences.

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The Year My Voice Broke feature film – 1987

This comedy-drama is both a nostalgic memoir of growing up in the countryside and a shocking denunciation of its values.