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Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate -- In this groundbreaking cult documentary from 1985, director Kirby Dick ("This Film Is Not Yet Rated," "Derrida") weaves a fascinating study of the curious role of a sex surrogate in the (then) recently established discipline of sexual therapy.


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26 September 1986 (USA) See more »
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In this cult doc from 1985, director Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated) weaves a fascinating study... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Catherine Coulson ... Herself - Interviewer

Kirby Dick ... Himself - Interviewer
Noreen Hennesey ... Herself - Narration
Warren Robert Jason ... Himself
Maureen Sullivan ... Herself

Directed by
Kirby Dick 
Produced by
Kirby Dick .... producer
Barbara Zheutlin .... associate producer
Film Editing by
Lois Freeman-Fox 
Sound Department
Alan Barker .... sound mixer
David Brownlow .... sound
Charle Thompson .... re-recording mix
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Barker .... video technician
Christine Burrill .... camera operator
Catherine E. Coulson .... camera operator (as Catherine Coulson)
John Jebb .... video technician
Editorial Department
Patrick Gregston .... post production consultant
Linda Tadic .... assistant editor
Other crew
Dwight Adair .... additional assistance
Barbara Bloom .... production assistant
Uri Raicon .... additional assistance
Deborah Roetman .... production associate
Lori Seligman .... additional assistance
Mark Sirinsky .... production assistant
Tommie Smith .... production assistant
Tom Tyson .... additional assistance
Rita Valencia .... titles
Cathy Zheutlin .... additional assistance


Additional Details

USA:75 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:R (Ontario) (video rating)

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Maureen Sullivan:I will tell you what I do. I work with men who have sexual dysfunctions as their partner. And I practice sex with them and I practice social skills and I practice communicating and I practice teaching them how to love people.See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, 21 March 2009
Author: KJsJoys from United States

Fascinating & thought-provoking! Among the more fascinating aspects was how confidently and warmly this woman coached her clients which contrasted with her rather fractured personal side caused by being brought up in a dysfunctional family.

Interspersed with video clips of the therapy sessions, are looks at her neighbors, her family, friends and family of the clients and her own therapy sessions which gives a three-dimensional look at these people.

It's a tad slow, and definitely a bit dated, but all in all, very well done.

The last frame gives information about a professional society that these surrogates belong to for anyone looking for this type of therapy. I think it would be helpful for anyone considering this type of therapy to watch this first, to give some idea of how it all works.

I streamed it from Netflix; no need to hunt it down at the video store.

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