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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.


Meg Rickards


Paul Egan, Kim Williams


Tracey Farren, based on her novel Whiplash


Christia Visser, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Brendon Daniels


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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