A hard-hitting short film about the reality of working as a prostitute in Edinburgh will feature in festival competitions across the globe this year.
The film, called Work, is based on interviews with charity workers at drop in centres in the city, and aims to counter the “glamorised” image of prostitution in parts of the media.
Filmakers OneFourThree Media say that the short is in part a reaction to the controversy over a police crackdown on Edinburgh’s saunas in the past year.
“There’s been a lot of stuff in the media recently, like Belle du Jour, that glamorise prostitution,” said Mark Cox, who made film along with fellow OneFourThree Media partner Ross Hornby. “We wanted to go the other way, and make the film more real, because street prostitution isn’t glamorous.
“There’s been loads in the news about the saunas in Edinburgh closing, so we thought it was the perfect time to get a film like this out there, so that people could see that if prostitutes aren’t in a safe environment and get pushed onto the street, it’s a lot more dangerous for them.”
The film will be screened at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival next month, and Cox says he will be entering it into competitions in England, the USA and Spain.