Justin Sisley, 30, from Melbourne, hopes viewers will witness the transformation of the lives of Alex Stepanov, a 21-year-old Australian student, and Catarina Migliorini, 20, from Brazil.
Catarina’s virginity was sold to a Japanese man called Natsu for $780,000, Sisley says, but Alex only managed to pull in $3000 from a Brazilian woman in an auction.
Both virgins will keep the money, a key part of the change Sisley wants his film to portray.
“People always ask how are people going to change after having sex,” he told AAP.
“But it’s not about that.
“It’s about the before and after; how they’re going to change with all this attention and how they’re going to change with the money they get from the auction.
“I want to see where they invest it and how long it’s going to last.”
Sisley said Alex was upset about getting only a fraction of Catarina’s price for his virginity.
“It’s interesting from a sociological point of view to compare what virginity is worth for a girl and what it’s worth for a guy,” he said.
“It’s something we expected. We never thought he was going to reach anywhere near the amount that she did.”
Sisley has received hundreds of emails from people protesting against the auction, mainly family groups.
“I don’t disagree with them, that the film appears to present sex as a commodity, but I’ll let the film speak for itself,” he said.
“The cast have made their own decisions.”
Catarina doesn’t yet know when she will have sex with the winning bidder, but said the auction was a good thing.
“First I talk with the guy,” she said in broken English.
But she said she was delighted with the amount of money she will get.
“Good, yes, I’m very happy, yes,” she laughed.
Sisley’s four-person team have been filming for three-and-a-half years and hope to release either a film or a TV series next year.