Sex: The Annabel Chong Story

on February 11, 2000 by Mike Kerrigan
   Annabel Chong's claim to fame is that she starred in one of the top-selling porno films in history, "The World's Biggest Gang Bang," in which she had sex with 251 men over a 10-hour period. But Annabel is also the alter ego of Grace Quek, an articulate, fiercely intelligent USC graduate who is a budding filmmaker.
   The documentary introduces us to both personae, and it is almost impossible to reconcile them. Annabel seems to have little baggage as she tells us she has no regrets and that sex is so good it's worth dying for. Grace, on the other hand, is enveloped in emotional turmoil. She is seen practicing self-mutilation and even takes the film unit with her to her parents' home in Malaysia so she can tell them on-camera that she's a porn star. Why she does this is unclear, but absolution comes to mind.
   This is a very disturbing film and, like all documentaries, may or may not be an accurate portrayal of its subject. But one thing is for sure, despite its graphic subject matter, it is definitely not titillating.    Starring Annabel Chong/Grace Quek. Directed by Gough Lewis. Produced by David and Suzanne Whitten. Documetary. A Strand release. Unrated. Running time: 93 min.
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