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Hookers on Davie
Canada / 1:23:00 / 1984 / sound / colour
The decision to shoot a film about "the prostitution capital of Canada," Davie Street, was based on eight months of research by the filmmakers concerning prostitution in major cities throughout Canada and the United States. Davie Street is located in the heart of Vancouver's residential West End, just minutes from Stanley Park. Hookers have turned the tree lined streets into a drive-in brothel open for trade from noon until 4:00 AM, seven days a week.

The prostitutes here have organized themselves by meeting once each week to discuss safety, self-defense, and health controls. Collectively, they print "bad trick sheets," warning each other of potentially dangerous clients. These prostitutes are independent and through mutual cooperation have maintained a "pimp free" work environment. There are normally up to 150 prostitutes frequenting this area, congregating around neighbourhood churches and lining the alleyways and street corners all day long.

After spending two months on Davie Street talking with the hookers, the filmmakers were able to gain their trust and confidence. The subjects agreed to wear radio microphones while being filmed by a hidden camera in a parked van. They worked the corner, openly negotiating with tricks, and spoke candidly about their experiences during breaks at a local restaurant.

"Hookers on Davie" emerges as a fresh insight into the lives of prostitutes working the streets, giving a sensitive and personal portrayal of their world and their lives.

The film is shot like a documentary and put together like a dramatic fiction. The filmmakers allow the audience to be interpreter; there is no voice-over, and no contrived dialogue to explain the plot. The viewer is taken into the world of the men, women, transvestites and transsexuals who ply their trade on Vancouver's Davie Street. "No maudlin cliche, it shows how rough and tough life on the streets can be." - Brian Johnson, MacLean's Magazine

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Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
32 Lisgar Street
Toronto ON Canada M6J 0C9
Monday - Thursday / 10:00 - 18:00
(416)  588 - 0725