About the film

Raw, confronting emotionally charged – these are the words that spring to mind in relation to Tess.  What may not be immediately apparent is that this story of a physically, emotionally and psychologically damaged sex worker is also ultimately about self-affirmation and empowerment.  The central character, Tess, will live with you long after the final credits roll; she’s tough as nails, but also caring beyond belief.  The film challenges the viewer to confront issues of gender violence, incest and abuse head on, while exploring the value of community in a racially diverse South Africa.  Tess expects much of its audience, but for those who persevere, the overarching take away is surprisingly hopeful.

Director

Meg Rickards

Producers

Paul Egan, Kim Williams

Writer

Tracey Farren, based on her novel Whiplash

Cast

Christia Visser, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Brendon Daniels

Run Time

86 min

Rating

MA15+ Persons aged under 15 years must not be present at the relevant showing unless accompanied by an adult

Trailer

Bonus Content

In this remarkable interview, Andy Durbach, former director of Australian Human Rights Centre UNSW grapples to understand the motivations of partners Director Meg Rickards and Producer Paul Egan to make a such a disturbing and powerful film. Through the interview you will appreciate the nuanced depths that this film plummets. And the impact that this film has had – for good. Be amazed by their crowd funding campaign.

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