DOCNZ: The New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival


Scarlet road achieves the enviable aspiration of many documentaries: changing minds. -Susan G. Cole, Now Magazine


Scarlet Road

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.


Scarlet Road Trailer


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Festivals and Awards

  • HotDocs Tornoto 2012
  • SXSW FF 2012
  • IDF Amsterdam 2011

Film Reviews

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Screening in Auckland

Fri 12 Apr
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
11:45am Q TheatreBook 
Wed 17 Apr
Time Venue/Notes Book Tickets
8:30pm Q Theatre  Q&A  Book 

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Programme p.29