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7 March 2019

Safety in Numbers

by Syd Briscoe

English Collective of Prostitutes: “Illegal Act” - 2 mins

Launched to mark International Sex Worker's Rights Day on March 3rd, this hard-hitting film for the English Collective of Prostitutes brings attention to an absurd foible of the British legal system: it's perfectly legal to be a sex worker, but working alongside others is prohibited.

Directed by Charlotte Regan, the film neatly lays out the difference between a woman being left alone as a sex worker versus the relative safety and companionship of others. Seen in these stark terms, it makes the policy against working collectively seem at best out of touch and, at worst, cruel.

The mundane nature of the women's conversation is also nicely drawn, and chimes with the campaign's plea for the legalisation of sex work - as the pair chat like any other colleagues over a cup of tea. And, without blinkered moral goggles on, that's exactly what they are.

Film Production: Knucklehead Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Charlotte Regan ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Ore Okonedo
Editor: Phil Currie Ⓦ @ Stitch Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Dave Ludlam @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Jack Hallett @ Factory Ⓟ Ⓦ

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