Choir Girl is an Australian arthouse feature filmed in black and white in early 2017 throughout various Melbourne locations. It is written and directed by John Fraser, his feature debut, and produced by Ivan Malekin of Nexus Production Group,
Set in the mid-90's, Choir Girl is a gritty drama about a lonely photographer, Eugene, who becomes obsessed with an underage prostitute, Josephine, in his rundown neighbourhood.
She has escaped a war-torn country only to be trapped in the illegal sex trade by corruption and a powerful underworld criminal named Daddy.
Yet for Eugene, Josephine represents a symbol of purity in the darkness - when he takes her photograph there is something captivating about her and she quickly becomes his muse.
When a jaded but calculating assistant at an arts magazine, Polly, shows interest in Eugene's photos it could be a way out of the sex trade for Josephine, out of obscurity and rejection for Eugene, and out of a hopeless life for both.
But Daddy won't let go of Josephine and crossing the powerful pimp means danger and death.
So exactly how far will Eugene go for recognition and a chance to achieve his dream? And is Eugene saving Josephine? Or is he or using her?
Choir Girl is a dark tale drawing on the nihilism of Taxi Driver, the censure of Lolita and raw independence of The Jammed, as well as the controversy surrounding the work of Australian photographer Bill Henson.
The film tackles loneliness and obsession, the struggle for recognition, and the blurred line between art and morality, posing the question:
"How far would you go for your dream?"