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Prurient

About the Movie

director: John Greyson

Toronto, Ontario

Easter, 2020

8min

shot on: Ista 360

edited with: Adobe Premiere

A poem about sex work in the age of COVID to the music of Handel. Let me weep over my cruel fate, and let me sigh for liberty.

Prurient started as a conversation with various AIDS activist pals, veterans of the 80s safer sex wars — “so… how’re we gonna have sex in THIS pandemic?” — and then conversations with sex workers about urgent issues of precarity — and then, the insight that the shot-reverse-shot arias of Corbiau’s Farinelli, between the castrato superstar and the composer Handel, were essentially camboy sessions.