No Such Thing (as Bad Girls)

Anna Dolores Camilleri

1996, 23:38 minutes, colour, English


No Such Thing (as Bad Girls) is a vibrant documentary about five women's sexual experience and recollection. The video is constructed around and grounded in one question: What was your significant sexual experience and why? The personal (and now, public) stories of five women is the basis for the production.

The director's intention and point of view is unmistakably clear. Anna Camilleri is concerned with sex and sexuality as complex sites of pleasure and politic. However,
No Such Thing is not dogmatic; it invites the viewer to talk back, laugh, argue, blush, remember and enjoy.

All of the women in the video had a common vision to discuss and share sexuality, without shame. This became possible through a collaborative process whereby the "principal cast" also worked on script development and the director stepped in front of the camera becoming the camera's subject.

No Such Thing
can be best described as cheeky, humourous, bold and celebratory. It does not offer definitive answers; nor does it attempt to. It offers stories of integrity and a voice for sexuality in a society where silence is protected by heavily defended borders.

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