Scarlet Road

Scarlet Road
(70 min) Australia
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Saturday, 10/27, 10:10pm (Session XXX)

Director: Catherine Scott
Producer: Pat Fiske 


Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression, Australian sex worker Rachel Wotton has become highly specialized in working with clients with disabilities. Rachel’s philosophy, that human touch and sexual intimacy can be some of the most therapeutic aspects to our existence, is making a dramatic impact on the lives of her clients, Mark and John. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis twenty-six years ago, John now drives around in a chin-controlled wheelchair, but after ongoing sessions with Rachel, he has regained body movement that he thought was lost forever. His self-esteem and overall improvement have amazed his doctors. Mark, a client with cerebral palsy, has gone through life trying to establish an intimate relationship. Confined to a wheelchair and speaking via an electronic communication board, dating has not been easy. Mark has come to love his body and has always dreamt of falling asleep with a woman and waking up beside her in the morning.  While Rachel’s clients give a glimpse into their sexual self-discovery, Scarlet Road follows Rachel as she strives to increase awareness and access to sexual expression for people with disabilities.   


Catherine Scott is an independent director and producer in Australia. She was a former member of the Paper Tiger TV collective for ten years in New York City. She was the director and co-writer of Selling Sickness and director/co-producer of the Walkley award-winning Business Behind Bars screened on SBS and many TV markets around the world. Her productions include Breathless, Drawing the Line at Pittston, and Staking a Claim in Cyberspace. She has been a frequent coordinating producer and director for Deep Dish TV producing Who’s Afraid of the Little Yellow School Bus?, Lock Down USA, and The Last Graduation. Catherine Scott was a coordinator and co-producer of the Gulf Crisis TV Project, a timely ten-part series about the Gulf War by Paper Tiger TV and the Deep Dish Network, aired on PBS affiliates nationally, Channel Four (UK), SBS television (Australia). Catherine produced TV Connections, which was part of the Signal to Noise series, and ITVS funded project broadcast on the PBS network in the USA. 

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