Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

SEX: THE ANNABEL CHONG STORY

 

Year: 1998
Country: USA/Canada
Run Time: 86 minutes

Rome, circa 40 A.D.: Messalina, wife of Claudius I, reputedly wins a high-profile bet with a prostitute in a marathon intercourse session involving as many of the city's males as she can. America, January 19, 1995: Annabel Chong does 251 men in ten hours to earn the title "World's Biggest Gang Bang." The event, recorded in a top-selling video of the same name, made Chong a superstar of porn, international trash-TV talk, and even a feted guest of the Cambridge University Debating Society. But who or what is Annabel Chong? Gough Lewis' cameras go in deep - some would say, voyeuristically so - into the pathography of how a pretty Singapore schoolgirl named Grace Quek, born to a nice Christian family, turned into a no-apologies, bisexual, USC student who, after claiming she'd finished with everyone on campus, devled into explicit acting in hardcore videos (like "I Can't Believe I Did the Whole Team"). Is Quek/Chong the uninhibited, subversive artist triumphing over a gutter business that degrades women and sexuality, or merely its ultimate victim? And what does that make the viewer? One thing is for certain: SEX will leave no one undisturbed. And we all know what happened to the Roman empire. Adults only. (Partially in Mandarin with English subtitles)

Director
Gough Lewis

Producer
Hugh F. Curry, David Whitten, Gough Lewis

Cinematography
Jim Michaels, Kelly Morris, Gough Lewis, Tony Morone

Editing
Kelly Morris

Principal Cast
Annabel Chong, John Bowen, Ron Jeremy, Seymore Butts, Al Goldstein, Dr. Walter Williams

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