SCAR­LET ROAD

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(Cather­ine Scott, Aus­tralia). 70 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: You’ve never seen a movie about sex work like this one. And Rachel Wot­ton is a sex worker like no other.

More than 50 per cent of her clients have dis­abil­i­ties, and she trains col­leagues to serve that clien­tele and is ac­tive in Touch­ing Base, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that links the rights of the dis­abled with the rights of sex work­ers.

Here, she con­nects to clients who talk poignantly about the heal­ing pow­ers of sex­u­al­ity. In one ex­quis­ite se­quence, she ne­go­ti­ates with a mother who wants to help her Down syn­drome son lose his vir­gin­ity.

The pas­sion­ate, im­pos­si­bly sunny Wot­ton is a win­ning hero in one of the best films ever made about a ma­ligned pro­fes­sion. May 2, 7 pm, ROM The­atre; May 4, 6: 30 pm, Cum­ber­land 3; May 6, 9 pm, ROM The­atre.

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