The Good woman of Bangkok

Australia, 1991

Film
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This disturbing and controversial portrait of Aoi, a reluctant prostitute on the streets of Bangkok, is a very personal piece of work from filmmmaker Dennis O’Rourke. The soul of this young woman is captured as she shares her life story with the camera as much as with the filmmaker. O’Rourke picked her up in a bar and paid a pimp for her services. They stayed in a cheap motel in the red-light district. What proceeds to be laid bare, is a searing portrait of prostitution and the self-loathing that it helps breed.

Credits

producer/director

Dennis O'Rourke

production company

O'Rourke and Associates Filmakers

Duration

01:28:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1991

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

38262

Language

English

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Bangkok (Thailand)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Tourist trade - Thailand

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Women - Asia, Southeastern

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Prostitutes

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Thailand - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Women - Asia, Southeastern

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Women - Asia, Southeastern

Places → Bangkok (Thailand)

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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