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Second Wave Love

As an answer to the "Sex Doll Brothel" debacle of Toronto in 2018, Veronica Sway has teamed up with local performers to bring you Second Wave Love. A cautionary story of love, loss and acceptance between "Dave the Client" and Chanel, the doll he falls in love with and attempts to "Pretty Woman"...
Dave learns not all "happy endings" are equal:)

  • Kitty Neptune
  • Kitty Neptune
  • Katie Link
  • Veronica Sway
    Key Cast
    "Chanel Live Version"
  • Jonathon Hagey
    Key Cast
    "Dave The Client"
  • Donna Mullin
    Key Cast
  • Isla David
    Key Cast
    "Bylaw Officer #1"
  • Tweety Shug
    Key Cast
    "Bylaw Officer #2"
  • Angie Kailan
    Key Cast
    "Dog Owner"
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    12 minutes 18 seconds
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    October 23, 2019
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    3,000 USD
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Director Biography - Kitty Neptune

Cat Nimmo (Burlesque handle: Kitty Neptune) has worked with The Scandelles as producer, director, choreographer and performer since 2000. Her and her theatre partner Alex Tigchelaar (Sasha Van BonBon) transformed the neo-burlesque movement in Toronto from a bawdy bar show to streamlined original pieces of theatre at Toronto’s premier queer theatre centre: Buddies in Bad Times.
The Scandelles is a multidisciplinary company whose focus centres on topics around freedom of expression, anti establishmentism and decriminalization of prostitution. The Scandelles art porn has been screened at over 30 film festivals all over the world. Namely “Give Piece of Ass a Chance”, an anti-war sex terrorist short, directed by famed gay porn film director Bruce Labruce. It was premiered at Inside Out Film & Video Festival in 2007. This film was included in the Queer Lisboa 2008 and Outfest Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2008 and 2012, Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2007 among many others.
When The Scandelles folded in 2015, Cat continued making film under the production company The Scandelles. She now makes shorts as her alter ego “ Veronica Sway”: her courtesan handle. “Veronica” continues to create work on film that challenges the stigma and negative stereotyping of those in sex work with sly humour, and tongue firmly planted in cheek.

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Director Statement

In 2018, Torontonians were to be graced with a sex doll brothel. Though it wasn’t the first in the city, media from municipal to national speculated how this space would be received. Anti-commercial sex purchasing activists expressed their distaste through the illusive lens of concern, and inevitably the storefront never opened. Second Wave Love explores how these actions mirror the treatment of my community of sex workers in Canada. It seeks to reveal how ideological deception motivates the overpolicing of so much nonconforming adult sexual desire.

In 2013, Canadian sex workers launched a constitutional challenge against the Government of Canada and won, striking down suppressive legislation that makes sex work risky. My community hoped that the Conservatives in power would respect the Supreme Court ruling and craft regulations that offered sex workers the same rights and freedoms as other workers. Instead, the ruling party retorted with The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. PCEPA regards all sex workers as victims, and those who purchase their services as predators. This legislation exacerbates existing stigmas against commercial sex providers, and affords police and communities unrestricted power to surveil and report sex workers and their work spaces under the guise of care.

In Second Wave Love, sex doll Chanel loses her safe work space because she has been deemed exploited by municipal bylaw officers. Client Dave initiates a loving but misguided attempt to rescue her, but comes to realize that all Chanel wants is to make a living, on her own terms.