Black & White & Sex

John Winter

Eight excellent actresses together play Angie, a woman who is more than just a prostitute and wants to show that too. In her interview in this film-in-a-film, she keeps revealing more of herself, while at the same time she undresses the interviewer, literally and metaphorically. Sexy and funny.

In a bare film studio, a director is standing ready with his crew for an interview with a prostitute. Shot in classic black & white, the documentary maker in Black & White & Sex interviews her at length, with various cameras and a barrage of questions. Eight different actresses portray one and the same woman: Angie, the eloquent prostitute.
While the ladies are very different in their appearance, age and clothing, they are the same person with the same text. Yet each new woman heralds a new phase in the conversation between Angie and her interviewer - who has to bare all, literally and metaphorically.
This film-within-a-film makes one suspect a classic Hollywood casting couch, but turns out primarily to be a confrontational, erotic and intellectual cinematographic striptease - partially inspired by Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests. A joy to watch thanks to the stylish camera work, the clever cutting, the well-thought-out dialogue and powerful actresses.

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John Winter
Production country & year
Australia - 2011
94 min
International premiere
Melissa Beauford, John Winter
Screen play
John Winter
Katherine Hicks, Anya Beyersdorf, Valerie Bader, Roxane Wilson, Michelle Vergara Moore, Dina Panozzo, Saskia Burmeister, Maia Thomas, Matthew Holmes
Nicola Daley
Adrian Rostirolla
Sound design
Tony Vaccher, John Dennison, Craig Butters
Caitlin Yeo