As a sex surrogate, Maureen Sullivan helps her patients overcome their sexual dysfunctions by having sex with them. This award-winning 1985 documentary follows her work with two clients: a 25-year-old virgin and a divorced man with low self-esteem. While never showing the physical act itself, this film explores the struggles with intimacy that individuals face and the ways this unique line of work affects the sex surrogate’s personal life.
Kirby Dick (born August 23, 1952) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and editor. He is best known for directing documentary films. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature for directing Twist of Faith (2005). He has also received numerous awards from film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and Los Angeles Film Festival.
Life and career
Dick studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, California Institute of the Arts, and the American Film Institute. His first documentary feature, Private Practices: The Story of a Sex Surrogate (1986), enjoyed a successful festival run, and Dick spent the following decade pursuing a variety of projects before completing Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997). Sick examined the life of performance artist Bob Flanagan, who utilized sadomasochism as a therapeutic device to help cope with cystic fibrosis. The film was an international festival hit, winning… read more