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Sex in a Cold Climate

1998

Sex in a Cold Climate (1998) is an Irish documentary about the treatment of girls and women in the now infamous Magdalene Laundries.

The documentary formed the basis of the 2002 film, The Magdalene Sisters, by Peter Mullen.

Sex in a Cold Climates includes interviews with 4 women - one of whom was sent to a laundry from an orphanage at 15 because she was thought "too pretty".

The women told of abuse by clergy and the grinding work routine.

RTE, the state broadcaster in Ireland, refused to broadcast the document, so it was 1st shown on the UK's Channel 4.