February 1st, 2012
On the 31st January the Electric Cinema in London was the venue to be at, as they played host to the UK premiere of Dogwoof's upcoming documentary release Girl Model.
Girl Model follows a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S. within the modelling industry. The story is told through the eyes of a scout and a 13 year-old model. Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. GIRL MODEL follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career.
Directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin were present and took part in a Q&A following the screening, chaired by psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos. The event was hosted by Victoria Keon-Cohen of the Model's Union and one of the models from the film, Rachel Blais, also took part in the Q&A where ethical debates on the use of young models raged.
Girl Model is released in UK cinemas on 10th Febuary - find your nearest screening here. The film will then arrive on iTunes and DVD on the 20th February - find out more on the website or keep up to date by following the film on Twitter or Facebook
Ashley Sabin and David Redmon at the Electric Cinema
Dr Linda Papadopoulos introduces the film
The Q&A panel: Victoria Keon-Cohen, Rachel Blais, Ashley Sabin David Redmon and Dr Linda Papadopoulos