Light-hearted and well made, despite the subject matter
The WI Guide to Brothels follows a group of women from the Hampshire Women's Institite as they learn more about brothels and prostitution and run a campaign to support the legalisation of brothels.
The documentary is interesting given the subject matter. You would not expect a group of mainly elderly women to support and explore what some regard as the sleazy side of sex, would you? The film starts with the ladies speaking to various "street" prostitutes and learning about their way of life and the problems it causes. The ladies then meet a UK brothel Madam and visit a famous American upmarket brothel. The ladies find a loop-hole in the law which I think states if the brothel is not in a fixed place it is legal (or at least semi-legal); this encourages the ladies to set-up a mock mobile brothel, a caravan! Despite some opposition from WI members they then campaign using the caravan as an attention grabbing tool.
Despite the subject matter the documentary is light in tone. Anyone expecting a sleazy documentary with lots of nudity or lots of unpleasant prostitution stories will surely be disappointed. The film is actually good fun, despite having a serious message. In addition to this, as you would expect the film is well-made, delivering a perfect pace in letting events unfold at the right time. The technical aspects are also spot-on.
Summary: A nicely made documentary about a serious subject; delivered with the right tone. Highly recommended.
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