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DVD: Prostitute | reviews, news & interviews

DVD: Prostitute

DVD: Prostitute

Tony Garnett's 1980 film ponders a woman's right to choose to sell her body

Take a girl like me: Prostitute Sandra (Eleanor Forsythe) ponders conformity at a middle-class weddingBFI

The most socially committed BBC drama producer of the Sixties and Seventies, best known for his exemplary partnership with Ken Loach, Tony Garnett has twice opted to direct. If Handgun (1984), his critique of American gun control, is largely forgotten, Prostitute (1980) is recalled for its worthy campaign to decriminalise soliciting for sex and for its single explicit scene - a massage-parlour handjob so ungainly it promotes self-gratification.

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