Series 1 Episode 1
First Broadcast: 10PM Mon 13 August 2012

With many people looking for ways to generate extra cash, this First Cut documentary asks if we are overlooking our most prized commodity: our own bodies.

Filmmaker Storm Theunissen explores the lucrative body-parts industry as she sets out to sell every bit of her body she legally can, from her fingernails to her own eggs, and discover whether her body is worth more dead than alive.

Working in a brothel is illegal in the UK, but Storm joins a Soho lap-dancing club for an evening and makes £20 for a lap-dance. And while UK law prohibits the sale of body-parts by individuals, 'Big Pharma' buys everything from bunions to blister fluid, and in these hard times, Storm looks for a piece of the action.

In Hollywood - the market leader in egg-brokering for IVF - intelligence and model looks can be worth $15,000. Egg donation must be altruistic in the UK but in early 2012 the government tripled the payment for expenses to £750 in a bid to solve a shortage of donors.

Exploring the legality and ethics of selling your own body, Storm discovers a dark side of the body-part market and, before leaving LA, she must make a momentous decision when she meets a couple who are desperate to be parents. Can a commercial market in future babies ever feel right?

First Cut is the critically acclaimed, eclectic documentary strand that showcases distinctive new films by up-and-coming directors.

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Filmmaker Storm Theunissen explores the lucrative body-parts industry as she sets out to sell every bit of her body she legally can, and discover if her body's worth more dead or alive