Film Title:

Normal (Real Stories from the Sex Industry)


    Friday 5 October 15:45
    Saturday 6 October 17:30


65 mins

Director: Nicola Mai Country: UK
Writer: - Original Format: DV SD
Dir. of Photography: Daniel Keane, Russell Galloway, James Layton Print Source: Charlotte Worthington
Producer: Charlotte Worthington
Cast: Selami Brehaj, Matthew Crowley, Annie Labura

World Premiere

The third part of academic and anthropologist Nicola Mai's sex film trilogy, Normal is an insightful documentary examining the position of migrant sex workers that seeks to problemitise the discourse around sex trafficking by demonstrating the complex and contradictory circumstances of those involved. This is achieved through candid interviews with a number of people, who each give a very different definition of normality, which they aspire to embody. For instance two women are lured to the UK by deceit, but whereas one remains quite naive, and demonstrates a kind of Stockholm syndrome affection to the man who abducted her, the other insists that sex workers must cast themselves as victims in order to avoid their own culpability, so that they can simply get through the day.

These voices are punctuated by an interview with a far less sympathetic individual who is involved in trafficking and, with chilling casualness, describes how he manipulates the women into entering that life. Filmed from a low angle and on a low grade stock, these segments seem to be from a hidden camera. For him this grim reality is 'normal,' it is literally his career. Ultimately, these multiple, very real and often contrasting voices build a far more complex, challenging and human picture of the sex industry than that depicted in the mainstream media.

Words by Dean Bowman

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