The Happy Hooker: Portrait of a Sexual Revolutionary

American Culture, Women , Sexuality, History
Robert Dunlap
56/68 minutes

Accolades

*Best Feature Documentary Philadelphia Independent Film Festival 2008
*Best Documentary Feature West Hollywood International Film Festival
*Best Documentary Melbourne Underground Film Festival
*Official Selection The Tel-Aviv International Documentary Film Festival 2009
*Official Selection Amsterdam Jewish Film Festival

"...fascinating, stimulating and somewhat randy." -The Philadelphia Inquirer

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XAVIERA HOLLANDER, "THE HAPPY HOOKER": PORTRAIT OF A SEXUAL REVOLUTIONARY is about one of the world's most important sexual icons. Through interviews with Larry King, rare footage and commentary from America's foremost sexologists, the film explores Xaviera's rise and fall, her deportation from the United States and her political significance to the Feminist Movement, women everywhere in the western world, and the Sexual Revolution of the 1970's. During a recent book tour in Bulgaria an interviewer confessed, 'I learned English by reading THE HAPPY HOOKER!' Xaviera's revolutionary masterpiece about the exploits of a call girl who became the world's most famous madam is now in it's 28th printing, having sold over 20 million copies. Nineteen books followed that cultural touchstone. Ms. Hollander's column for Penthouse Magazine, - 'Call Me Madam' - has kept her in the public spotlight for over 35 years.

Director

Director

Robert Dunlap

Robert Dunlap has produced thirty seven live-action, animated short subjects, documentaries and one-hour specials including: IN MY FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS; NEW ZEALAND: TOP TO BOTTOM; IMPACT: EARTH; ALASKA: THE GREAT LAND; DINOSAUR: THE ARCTIC EXPEDITION; and TREASURES OF THE SIERRA MADRE, as well as the two hour, four part mini series MASS EXTINCTIONS.

Recent productions include the award winning feature documentaries: BEYOND VANILLA, official selection in over 35 international film festivals and currently a featured special on Here! LGBT TELEVISION NETWORK; AND XAVIERA HOLLANDER, "THE HAPPY HOOKER": PORTRAIT OF A SEXUAL REVOLUTIONARY, official selection 2008 DANCES WITH FILMS FESTIVAL and "Best Feature Documentary" WINNER 2008 PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL and WEST HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
Other awards include Special Jury Gold Award, HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL; awards from Aspen, Sinking Creek and L.A. Film festivals and the Directors Fortnight, Cannes.

Dunlap is also an award-winning actor; with on-screen credits including THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY? Numerous television show roles on PEYTON PLACE, ROCKFORD FILES, COLOMBO, MY THREE SONS, RICHARD PRYOR SHOW, BOB HOPE SPECIAL, DEATH VALLEY DAYS and hundreds of TV commercials, including the award-winning IBM spot as Bill in THE HOT SEAT in 2003. Dunlap has appeared in numerous industrial films and has been featured as an expert on NATION'S BUSINESS, SONYA LIVE, CNN, SPIKE-TV'S MANswers 2008 and more. Recently he was a featured guest on SIRIUS RADIO and is a popular guest on live talk radio shows.

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