TO CELEBRATE THE AUSTRALIAN RELEASE OF USE ME, JOIN THE CAST FOR A SPECIAL Q & A EVENT
USE ME is a doco-style thriller written, directed and starring Australian award-winning documentary film maker Julian Shaw (Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story). Julian (as himself) travels to the United States to direct a documentary focusing on ‘mental humiliatrix’ Ceara Lynch (as herself). She dominates a new niche of online sex work and has made a fortune by humiliating men over the Internet without ever exposing her naked body or meeting them in person.
Julian films everything he witnesses to the point of obsession. He films her alone and with others. He films her while she teases and abuses men through her webcam. He sees the power she wields in her profession and is enthralled.
Ceara ensnares Julian in her illusory world and he quickly develops misplaced feelings for her. His newfound proximity reveals that, in her work, the line between fantasy and reality isn’t as clear as she has led him to believe. Could it be that Ceara is blackmailing clients who trusted her with personal, deeply embarrassing material?
An initially tantalizing documentary project turns into a private investigation as the jilted Julian digs deeper into his subject’s morally questionable professional life. When he engineers a real-world encounter between Ceara and one of her suspected marks, what was meant to be entertainment becomes a matter of life and death.
“Inspired by the reality I witnessed; I shaped the film around a fictional through-line which allowed me to explore characters (including my own) with greater emotional complexity.
It’s a visceral, suspenseful, sexually charged thriller set in the intersection between reality and fiction, a cinematic crevice that is just right for the times we live in: the post-truth era.”
USE ME is produced by Jonathon Green at Green Light Production Pty Ltd, Co-Produced/UPM by AJ Gordan and Distributed by Filmink Presents.
USE ME, WILL BE AVAILABLE IN AUSTRALIA TO RENT AND BUY ON APPLE TV, GOOGLE PLAY, FETCH TV AND YOUTUBE ON Wednesday 11 MARCH.
Julian Shaw and Ceara Lynch will be in Sydney from March 1 to March 11, 2019.
Tickets to the Sydney Q & A screening on March 10, with Julian Shaw and Ceara Lynch on 11 March can be purchased here.
ABOUT FILMINK PRESENTS:
Filmink Presents launched in July 2019 by Co-founders Dov Kornits, Publisher of filmink.com.au and Lou Balletti former Senior Vice President, Digital at Entertainment One, bringing over 30 years of experience to the local film scene.
Filmink Presents is a one-stop-shop for content creators looking for a pathway to audiences. Complete with an established media arm, Filmink Presents is partnering with local and international producers and content owners to generate effective releases across all platforms, identifying clear and effective strategies to maximise viewership.