Shoreline Entertainment has acquired all international rights to John Winter’s self-financed Black & White & Sex, in which eight actors play one sex worker being interviewed by a filmmaker.

Producer Melissa Beauford revealed the news to a few days after the Taipei Film Festival revealed the line-up of 12 films in its international new talent competition, one of which is the Australian film.

Black & White & Sex is Winter’s debut film, but only as a director: his producing credits include Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit-Proof Fence, Doing Time with Patsy Cline, starring Richard Roxburgh and Miranda Otto, and one of actor Hugh Jackman’s first films, Paperback Hero.

Black & White & Sex had its world premiere in the “bright future” section of the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Winter said it was among the 10 most popular films at the event.

It is being rolled out in an unorthodox fashion in Australia by small distributor Titan View: in Sydney, for example, it is playing at one inner city cinema on Friday nights only.

The black-and-white film challenges audience members to leave their preconceptions about the kind of women who are sex workers at the door of the cinema, and has had a lot of support from companies who provide products to the “adult entertainment” industry.