Now first of all, I can see why some people may have a problem with the name, especially in that area. There have been a spate of dead prostitutes in the area since the early 90's. In fact, when I looked further into it, there was a serial killer, John Crawford who killed at least seven prostitutes in the early 90's, however because of the fact that these women were aboriginal women, neither the press, the public or even the police basically gave a fuck! Crawford is currently serving 3 life sentences for his crimes. Also between 1990 and 1994 there were at least 500, yes people FIVE HUNDRED aboriginal women reported missing in Western Canada. Check out this article for more information.
Now all of this is pretty fucking shocking by anyones standards. However, pulling a film in a blatant mode of censorship is not going to bring these women back. The energy put into stopping the film which actually treats the prostitute with more respect than most accepted Hollywood movies do, it should be put into pushing the police to do more about solving these missing persons cases and giving justice to the women involved. Maybe all the controversy around Dead Hooker in a Trunk will actually make people stop and think and do something about the ACTUAL problem. Here's hoping so.
Anyhoo, thanks to John Allison (the man behind The Dark Bridges Film Festival who were showing the film) he has managed to secure a different venue, same time, same date (the birthday of moi, Rondo Hatton, Bettie Page and Daniel Johns of Silverchair...and Earth Day), however just at The Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon instead. People in the area be sure to get out there and support Team Soska and also TEAM ANTI-CENSORSHIP!
So yay, thanks to everyone who signed my petition. Let's keep it going as well. I still think The Roxy Theatre need to realise just how close minded their decision was. Also, check out what Jen and Sylvia have to say on their blog here!
Last but not least I urge you to futher support Dead Hooker in a Trunk in all it's madness and pre-order a copy of the DVD from Amazon.com. Do it, you know you want to! ;) xx