SXSW 2022 Review: Lachlan McLeod’s Documentary ‘Clean’

SXSW is one of the best festivals out there and there were so many options to choose from, but the LGBTQ Crime documentary, Clean, caught my eye. This film was directed by Lachlan McLeod and delivered some insightful and also hard truths about trauma cleaning services and much more!


Official Synopsis for Clean

A fly-on-the-wall insight into the world of trauma cleaning through the journey of larger-than-life business owner Sandra Pankhurst and the workers at Melbourne’s Specialized Trauma Cleaning Services.

This documentary has kind of two sides to it and they intertwine. Ultimately this is the story about a wonderful woman named Sandra Pankhurst who turned her trauma and life experiences into a phenomenal business working in specialized trauma cleaning services. We get to learn about her story, the impact the business had on her, and why this business was so important.

We also get the dirty and grittier side of specialized trauma cleaning services. I don’t think anyone expects that this is an easy job, but what all does it entail? Clean goes dives deep into the emotional investment one has to make when working at a job like this and all the things you might experience. It’s definitely not a job for everyone.

I loved learning about Sandra Pankhurst, her story was inspiring. I’ve always been interested in learning about how people get involved in trauma cleaning services and what it would be like and this documentary shed light on the good, the bad, and the ugly. I highly recommend checking Clean out and much thanks to SXSW for letting me check this one out!

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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