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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: Annabel Chong, sad porn star…

My review of the documentary Sex: The Annabel Chong Story continues to be one of the most-visited pages on the site, perhaps bringing new meaning to the phrase “I’d hit that”:

For all of Quek’s talk of female empowerment, there’s precious little of that to be seen here. Quek never received the $10,000 salary she was promised for the gang-bang video, and the director who cheated her out of the money has the gall to say on camera what a shame that is. Worse, Quek professes not to care. But money is obviously an issue for her — on a how-do-I-pay-the-rent level — because she has to haggle with porn directors over a matter of 50 bucks for her work. Even after her video is such a huge success, she can’t make more than $1000 for appearing in a porno. And as for her record-breaking marathon, no matter how much she talks of feminism, it’s still couched — by the men producing and promoting it — as a “gang bang.” It’s still about them doing it to her. It’s all about her getting screwed… one way or another.

And proving, of course, as if it needed proving, that porn is always a powerful draw for the online demographic.

review of Sex: The Annabel Chong Story, posted 02.13.00

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