Scarlet road achieves the enviable aspiration of many documentaries: changing minds. -Susan G. Cole, Now Magazine
Australia 2011 / 70min. R16 Sexual themes
Director Catherine Scott. Producer Pat Fiske.
Rachel Wotton is a sex worker like no other. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and decriminalization of prostitution, Rachel specialises in a long over- looked clientele — people with disability.
Scarlet Road examines two topics that are often met with heavy discrimination: prostitution and disability. The film follows Rachel whose client base includes people with disabilities, some of whom have severely limited ability to move. To them, she is a savior.
Two clients allow the camera into their homes, revealing incredible insight to their struggles and what Rachel’s services brings to their lives. As John, a client living with multiple sclerosis says after an appointment with Rachel “I feel like a man again.”
This documentary is warm and moving with its insights into sexuality, sex as work and the disabled.
At the helm is the compassionate and intelligent Rachel, an admirable social revolutionary that campaigns for rights of sex workers and the increasedincreased awareness and access to sexual expression for people with disability. As an advocate, Rachel has travelled to speak and work with groups in the UK, Denmark and Sweden.
28-Nov-2011 The film... provides a rare glimpse into a world that most people are oblivious to or would rather pretend doesn’t exist.
7-Mar-2012 A true human interest story that should reach beyond any moral objections.
19-Mar-2012 Inspiring and unforgettable regardless of your age, background, vocation or freedom of mobility.
1-May-2012 The passionate, impossibly sunny Wotton is a winning hero in one of the best films ever made about a maligned profession.
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