Guest of Honour at London Porn Film Festival 2018

Posted at 11:28 on 12 Apr 2018 by Pandora / Blake

Tags: accessibility, DIY porn, Dreams of Spanking, ethical porn, events, feminist porn, film festivals, London Porn Film Festival, queer porn, workshops

I'm overjoyed to announce that I have been asked to be the Guest of Honour at the second London Porn Film Festival! The LPFF is an annual festival celebrating queer, feminist, radical and experimental porn from around the world, and this year it runs from Thurs 12th til Sun 15th April - starting tonight! - at The Horse Hospital in Bloomsbury.

I attended last year's festival and did a Q&A on the films I screened, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to watch lots of diverse, exciting and hot queer porn. You can read press coverage and my comments on last year's event here, and my blogpost about the new experience of creating audio descriptions for my films here.

I am delighted that the festival is returning this year, and excited that it's going from strength to strength. There's a larger programme, more films, and a choice of two workshops, one of which I'll be facilitating - my popular DIY Porn workshop which will be held on Friday (tomorrow) at noon. Making your own porn can enable you to express yourself, enjoy your body, embrace your sexuality, and have fun! Come along for some tips on how to create hot, inclusive porn, and see some sexy clips to showcase some different approaches to DIY porn. I really enjoyed giving this workshop on Valentine's Day and can't wait to do it again - here's my write-up from the last one. There are still a few places left so don't miss out - get your tickets here!

DIY porn with Pandora Blake

The film programme is grouped into themes, with a magnificent seven screenings each comprising 6-12 films, with exciting subject matter such as queer and lesbian art, leather, Latin American feminist and queer porn, aliens, and group sex. 

The Wotever World crew have put together a varied and fascinating programme that supports and celebrates feminist and queer porn, diverse bodies, consent, and pleasure, and I'm so proud to be involved. Also impressive is their standing in solidarity with porn performers who have reported abuse by a fellow performer and a director, by removing two films from the programme - see tweets here and here

As part of this year's festival there will be a Retrospective of my work on the Saturday evening, entitled 'Subversive Spanking Porn'. From my interview which you can read on the London PFF site:

There’ll be edgy punishment fantasies, embedded in strong containers of performer consent. And some fun scenes too, including scenes starring real couples, and zany plots based on fanfiction!

I’ll kick things off with some clips from my early films, focusing on strong women, and fantasies catering to my female audience. You’ll see over the course of the retrospective that my more recent work, as I’ve come out to myself as non-binary, has got queerer and queerer.

My team and I have been flat out organising accessibility materials for the films I'm showing, including subtitles and audio descriptions. 90 minutes isn't long to do a retrospective of seven years' work, especially if I want to leave any time for discussion. I ended up doing a lot of editing to try and fit a diverse sample of material into the time, ending up with three 5 minute excerpts of earlier films, three 10 minute shorts, and one film that's 22 minutes long. All required editing to get them to fit into the time, and the subtitles and audio descriptions took even longer. With seven films it's been quite a time investment, but I'm really happy to do it and proud that LPFF prioritises accessibility for all.

Many thanks to my super PA, who took on the subtitling, and my fabulous volunteers who were willing to support queer ethical porn by creating audio descriptions. I'm incredibly grateful to Griffyn, the Governess, Charlie Forrest and Jude for their great voiceover work and helping me pull it all together in time. They took care to ask performers' pronouns, and produce concise, amusing, sexy audio. So even if you're hearing or vision impaired, you'll be able to get the most out of my retrospective. There'll be time for discussion and Q&A as well as lots of hot, subversive spanking porn. The ticket link is here - I hope to see you there!

Subversive Spanking Porn by Pandora Blake

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