Commissioned by Channel 4’s First Acts - Lawless documents the everyday experiences of Tilly Lawless, a sex worker in Sydney’s decriminalised sex industry. The film attempts to challenge commonly held attitudes towards sex and love, and to expose society’s contradictory taboos surrounding sex work.

Director - Ellen Pearson

Photography - Tilly Lawless

Music - Suzanne Kraft

Screenings & Awards


- Nominated for the Royal Television Society’s ‘Flying Futures’ award for research and production

- London Short Film Festival (+Panel Talk)


- Encounters Film Festival (+Panel Talk)

- Shuffle Festival 2017

- Brainchild Festival 2017 (+Panel Talk)

- Exhibited at ‘Embrace’ by Girls In Film, as part of the Touch Sensitive series at Guest Projects Gallery, London


- UK Channel 4 television premiere