Hookers on Davie

Sunday, June 16, 2017 | 6pm EST
| 98 min.

June 16, 2017
Doors: 6:00pm
Screening: 6:30pm
Co-Sponsored by Queer Media Database, Butterfly: Asian Migrant Sex Worker’s Network, & Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives

Filmed after eight months of research about sex work in large cities, the cheekily named Hookers on Davie paints a portrait rarely seen of the “prostitution capital of Canada.” Exploring the streets of Vancouver, documentarians Janis Cole and Holly Dale turn their lens onto the culture and lives of the sex workers of Davie Street, located in the heart of the city’s residential West End. Candid, one-on-one interviews mesh with scenes filmed on the job, in this burgeoning hot spot for women and trans sex workers. One of several Cole/Dale collaborations, this enduring classic has earned its canonical place in Canadian queer/feminist film history with the rare and inspiring focus on by-and-for sex work organizing.

Preceded by Prowling by Night, a collaboratively made animated short film directed by sex workers.

** NOTE: The films in this program will be exhibited on 16mm film. As such, we will not be able to provide closed-captioning. We are working on alternatives and will update this page as soon as possible with more information.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Janis Cole and sex worker advocates Monica Forrester and Elene Lam, moderated by MediaQueer’s Matt Hays.

Steelworker’s Hall
25 Cecil St, Toronto, ON M5T 1N1
PWYC, suggested donation: $5 – $20
No one turned away for lack of funds.

All screenings are PWYC and wheelchair accessible. This screening will not closed-captioned, as the films will be projected on 16mm. We are working on alternatives and will update this page as soon as possible with more information. Please contact us if you have any additional accessibility-related inquiries.



Prowling by Night

Gwendolyn + Co

12 min | Canada | 1990

Hookers on Davie

Janis Cole + Holly Dale

86 min | Canada | 1984

98 min