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Studs, 2009, SD video, 10 min


Twenty-six steamy best selling novels, four mini series, four movies, one unforgettable Alexis Carrington (Dynasty), and more than three decades into it, it is impossible for us to dismiss the notion that Jackie Collins and her sister Joan, a tag team of brain and beauty, are juggernauts in the ongoing fight to shape the modern woman.


Gliding between fantasy and disenchantment, Sarah Baker’s ‘Studs ‘ is an unconventional short video that tangentially glimpses into Jackie Collins’ world of love, lust, scandal and betrayal. From Collins’ seminal novel The Stud, Sarah Baker extracts three archetypal characters for her video: The Rich Husband, played by Cherokee Hollywood superstar Wes Studi (Last of the Mohicans), The Bitch, played by Sarah Baker herself, and The Stud, played by Bill May, a champion male synchronized swimmer. Baker choreographs the three characters’ scenes to a soundtrack of disco music interspersed with dialogue- crafted to ultimately insinuate a heartrending grand finale.


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