Did I tell you I shot myself?

Posted at 12:18 on 7 Feb 2016 by Pandora Blake

Pandora Blake poses nude at I Shot Myself

While I was in Melbourne I thought it would be fun to shoot for some Australian porn sites. Thanks to my connections I already had some contacts, and before I left the UK Michelle Flynn had booked me to shoot for Yanks. Once I was there, I also sent off applications to Girls Out West and Feck. I didn’t end up fixing a date with Girls Out West, but Feck got back to me and booked me to shoot for two of their sites - Beautiful Agony and I Shot Myself.

I’ve been performing in porn for nearly ten years, but in all that time I’ve never worked for mainstream studios. All my experience has been in the UK spanking/fetish scene, where sites are mostly run by couples or individuals working from home, or for similarly small scale feminist porn outfits like Bright Desire. So going into the offices of Girls Out West and Feck offices for an interview was a weirdly new experience. It was surreal, as a relatively experienced performer, to be put in the role of a newbie, auditioning for production companies half a world away. The Feck offices in particular are dauntingly professional - I mean the idea of a porn company having offices in the first place is already a bit alien for me, used to the miniscule budgets of UK fetish porn - but Feck’s offices struck me as particularly snazzy; in the hipster bit of Melbourne, with a lobby and pot plants and a receptionist and lots of different people sitting behind desks in lots of different rooms. Porn on this scale is a totally different world.

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Tags: Australia, ethical porn, fairtrade porn, I Shot Myself, photos, porn, sites and studios

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Smut screening in Melbourne

Posted at 23:41 on 1 Feb 2016 by Pandora Blake

I was very lucky to be invited to attend a sexy film screening in Melbourne the weekend after I arrived, organised by Gala Vanting and others. I was impressed: it was a central, friendly setting with two screens, comfy seating, food and drink, and good vibes. No embarrassed jeers and nervous laughter from this audience; here was a collection of smut fans who were open to being stimulated and confronted by filth of all flavours.

By a happy coincidence, this event focussed on kink and fetish (my favourites!), although I can’t exactly imagine Gala curating a vanilla programme. Since I was going to be there, she included a film of mine and a Q&A, which was good fun - plus I got to raise awareness of porn censorship, which was very relevant since almost all the films screened that night would now be illegal to distribute in the UK.

It was an incredible programme. Some of the films I’d seen before; Action Painting and Expiatory were both in the short film competition in Berlin last year. They had struck me then - to the extent that I was enthusiastically describing the latter to some Melbourne friends a couple of nights before the screening, and then when we got there I was delighted to learn I'd be able to share it with them after all.

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Tags: Australia, ethical porn, fairtrade porn, feminist porn, fetish porn, Gala Vanting, Goodyn Green, Inside Flesh, Manuela Kay, Maria Beatty, Melbourne, Miss Alyx, Mollena Williams, porn screenings

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The Bizarre Fetish Handbook

Posted at 10:45 on 23 Jan 2016 by Pandora Blake

I hadn't heard of this Channel 4 short web series until one of my friends showed me the episode on Sploshing, because she was in it. It's a fun, non-explicit 3 minute short film about the wet and messy fetish, with two kinky girls getting each other messy and talking about why they like it. I found the editing to be sympathetic and surprisingly non-sneery, showing genuine curiosity about why people enjoy the kink, rather than looking down their noses. I'd be interested to hear from WAM fans what you think of it!

There are a few other films in the series, including Pony Play, Shibari, BDSM Wrestling, Interrogation and Forniphilia. I don't recognise any of the other performers at first glance, but I wouldn't be surprised if I know one or two of them. The only remaining question is - when are they going to do one on spanking, and can I be in it?

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Tags: in the news, kink acceptance, kink activism, politics, porn, WAM

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Help us diversify the British Fetish Film Festival

Posted at 20:02 on 20 Jan 2016 by Pandora Blake

The British Fetish Film Festival is still brand new. The first event, in 2013, was a closed group of producers only, testing the format and giving kinky UK filmmakers the chance to screen their work in front of their peers. This was actually the first film festival I ever went to, and it was invaluable to see how fetish films play on the big screen.

I learned a lot about the different requirements of a festival compared to viewers watching films individually online: for instance, pacing needs to be much tighter in a festival edit; long kinky shots that would allow viewers the chance to climax at home are wasted on the big screen, because people probably aren't masturbating at a film festival; and funny films are almost universally better suited to festivals than unfunny ones. In fact, it was watching my online edit of Marital Discipline on the big screen at the zeroth British Fetish Film Festival that inspired me to start cutting festival versions of the films I wanted to submit to the Feminist Porn Awards that year, a process which eventually resulted in my shooting Houseboy for the Berlin Porn Film Festival, and winning the Short Film Competition last year. So I owe a lot to the British Fetish Film Festival, and I'm keen to help other UK filmmakers benefit from it too.

Tags: Ariel Anderssen, British Fetish Film Festival, film-making, Hywel Phillips, kink activism, porn

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I criticised the porn laws - and was targeted for censorship.

Posted at 02:08 on 17 Dec 2015 by Pandora Blake

Last November my friend Nimue Allen and I got together with our partners for a week to shoot some porn. We’ve both worked in the BDSM porn industry for years as performers and producers, and we were ready to delve deeper. We spent three days shooting a feature-length explicit documentary about our queer, kinky, polyamorous sex lives. We filmed interviews, video portraits, narrative sequences and hardcore sex scenes, capturing the intimacy and affection of BDSM play between people who love each other. The scenes were spontaneous and unscripted, a natural representation of the sex we have in private, and in the natural course of events they ended up including facesitting, fisting, squirting, caning, needles, breath play, dominance and submission and plenty of hardcore sex. It was authentic, caring and beautiful.

A week later, full of happy excitement about our new project, we learned that every scene we had filmed had just been criminalised under new UK porn laws. It would now be illegal for us to publish any of them. These honest depictions of our sex, pleasure and intimacy had been deemed so extreme that even informed, paying adults couldn’t legally watch them.

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Tags: ATVOD, AVMS, censorship, Dreams of Spanking, Nimue Allen, Nimue's World, politics, porn, Restrained Elegance, sex workers rights, sexual freedom, sites and studios

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Perv Queerotic Film Festival; or, the hazards of borrowing canes in Sydney

Posted at 10:55 on 10 Dec 2015 by Pandora Blake

On my first visit to Sydney I accidentally rented accommodation in one of the fanciest parts of town. I hadn't realised how expensive the area was until I started telling Sydneysiders where I was staying, and they would raise eyebrows at me as if I had said something snobbish. It wasn't deliberate - I just had Headmistress bookings on the Saturday, and I had booked somewhere that looked the part; old wooden furniture and art on the walls. I enjoyed staying there, even if it was a bit of a mission to get back to after midnight, when the Perv screenings and parties were over. It was fun pretending to be someone else for a while - someone with lots of money and an immaculately decorated home.

Sydney gave me a warm welcome. Once I'd recovered from the stress of my cancelled flight and missing the Perv short film competition, I was immediately cushioned in the hospitable bosom of the Sydney kink scene. Penelope Dreadful met me at the station after my first booking and took me out for delicious Vietnamese food (which rapidly became a fixture of my Sydney experience). We'd chatted on Facebook after she offered to lend me a cane (I couldn't fit one in my luggage); I didn't need to take her up on it, but it was a pleasure to meet her. We talked and laughed over pho, and swapped stories of working as a BDSM provider in different cities. I love that sex work gives me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people - and sex workers are the best people. I feel like sex workers are like this global family, and I have the potential for a community of likeminded humans wherever I go. It's pretty amazing.

I enjoyed the Perv film screenings on Friday night - particularly Airport by Manuela Kay, a dyke classic - in fact it was the first ever German lesbian porno, a funny and sexy all-girl gangbang set in the public bathrooms of an airport. The film quality is like a bad rip of a VHS tape, but the performances and the editing are so on point that it doesn't matter in the slightest. Shutter by Goodyn Green is a present-day snapshot of the lesbian scene in Berlin, a diverse collection of queer sex beautifully shot in radiant natural light.

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Tags: Antonio da Silva, Artemisia de Vine, Australia, cane, ecosexual, Electra Amore, film festivals, flogging, gay porn, lesbian porn, Manuela Kay, Penny Dreadful, Perv Queerotic Film Festival, photos, play parties, punch play, sessions, Sydney, tears

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Solos with Yanks and Michelle Flynn

Posted at 10:17 on 9 Dec 2015 by Pandora Blake

One of the first things I did when I arrived in Australia was hang out with Michelle Flynn, the owner of LightSouthern whose work I discovered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival 2014. Her films are sundrenched and distinctively Australian, featuring stunning videography, hot queer and straight sex, real couples and real orgasms. Michelle emphasises consent and good communication with performers, and her films have a relaxed, comfortable vibe. I liked Liandra Love, a moody triptych studing the face and body of her partner-at-the-time Liandra as she brings herself to an orgasmic emotional release, and Momentum volume 1, a sunny celebration of natural bodies, friendship, love and hardcore fucking in natural settings.

Michelle and I had been emailing back and forth about the possibility of shooting together, and I found myself regretful that I'm not currently able to produce for Dreams of Spanking, as I'd have loved to hire her as camera for a sexy Australian spanking film. But we did make plans to work together with Aeryn Walker, my favourite geek girl, cosplay pornstair and brainiac. That shoot is coming up next week, so I won't say any more for now. But in the meantime, I can share some previews of the solo scenes Michelle and I shot together for Yanks on my third day in Melbourne.

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Tags: Australia, high heels, masturbation, Michelle Flynn, outdoors, photos, shoots, solo, strap-on, Yanks

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Spanking party in Sydney

Posted at 05:43 on 6 Dec 2015 by Pandora Blake

Have I really only been in Australia two and a half weeks? It feels like much longer. Although I've squeezed a lot in, the primary mood of my trip so far has still been restful - it feels like most of my time has been spent relaxing in Helena's beautiful home, hanging out with friends, occasionally doing a spanking session. The relaxed pace and the good weather have combined to give the days a holidayish feel, even when I'm technically working. I've met some lovely Aussie spanking enthusiasts, played some super hot scenes, and earned some $ to pay my way. The rest of the time, I've been able to read, do colouring, go to the beach, get the tram into town, enjoy Helena's amazing cooking, and only occasionally open my netbook to check emails and internet things. I wish my life in London could be this relaxed.

I spent a portion of last week in Sydney for the Perv Queererotic Film Festival. I was excited about being asked to judge the Short Film Competition, and devastated when airline drama made me miss it: my Jetstar flight was cancelled, and I spent the next five hours in Melbourne airport being shunted around different flights before I was finally allowed to board, two hours after the film competition had started. It was a total clusterfuck, and a learning experience to never fly Jetstar again I guess. So it was Friday night when I finally made it to Perv for the second film screening.

Perv takes place in Marrickville, at a venue called the Red Rattler Theatre, which is owned and operated by the community and staffed by volunteers. It's a great space, with a large downstairs room and a smaller mezzanine lounge, delightfully furnished with a mismatched collection of plush velvet armchairs and sofas. I've never watched porn on the big screen while nestled into a comfy wingback armchair before, and it definitely enhanced the experience. 

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Tags: Artemisia de Vine, Australia, Electra Amore, film festivals, Helena May, Perv Queererotic Film Festival, spanking party, spanking sessions

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Welcome to Melbourne

Posted at 12:01 on 25 Nov 2015 by Pandora Blake

Well, I'm safe and sound in Australia. For a long haul flight, my journey went pretty smoothly. I did three 7-8 hour legs via Dubai and Brunei, with a couple of hours at each airport. It broke the journey up nicely and gave me some changes of scenery (although not much; all airports look more or less alike, and neither of the ones I passed through let transit passengers leave the building and breathe the outdoor air). Plus Brunei airport had free wifi, which put it in my good books forever.


Schoolgirl reporting for detention in Melbourne. No, this isn't what I wore on the plane.

I got lucky and landed on flights that weren't booked out, so I got to spread out onto the free seat next to me on all three flights, and on the final one I had the whole middle row to myself. Bliss! Overall I managed around eight hours sleep during a twenty four hour journey, which isn't terrible, but I arrived in Melbourne at 5.30am and so my first day here was pretty much the longest day ever. Helena was very strict with me, and ordered me to stay awake and push through until a normal Melbourne bedtime, to try and reset my body clock. Depriving myself of sleep feels, for an insomniac, like the most self-destructive thing ever, but she was right, and after a week here I'm finally sleeping through the night - and even managed a lie-in this morning!

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Tags: Australia, spanking party, spanking sessions

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Berlin shoot with Parker Marx and Bright Desire

Posted at 20:36 on 17 Nov 2015 by Pandora Blake

Because it was my second year and I knew what to expect, my time at the Berlin Porn Film Festival was more relaxed this year. I arrived in Berlin earlier, left later, and allowed myself more time between screenings to socialise, eat and rest. Still, it was a full week - not least because the morning after I arrived, I had a shoot booked with Bright Desire.

Bright Desire offers smart, sexy porn shot for the female gaze, and its owner Ms Naughty is one of my best friends in the feminist porn community - not least because we were (until Dreams of Spanking was closed down by ATVOD) two of the only people running membership sites with regular update schedules, which set our production process apart from others. We bonded at the Feminist Porn Awards in 2014 - which is also where we shot together for the first time, filming Instructed, a kinky solo scene that went on to win the award for Best BDSM Scene 2015.

This time we were planning a couple shoot, and my co-star was up-and-coming queer porn performer Parker Marx, a hot kinky switch with a killer jawline and cute bum. Parker and I met at a party in London a few weeks ago, we got chatting about working in porn, and hit it off. After some successful experimentation in private, a mutual decision was made that it would be fun to shoot together.

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Tags: anal play, Bright Desire, explicit sex, hand spanking, leather belt, Ms Naughty, Parker Marx, pegging, photos, Porn Film Festival Berlin, shoots

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