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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 worker rights, sexual freedom, sites and studios


Amelia Jane Rutherford joins our sponsored caning

Posted at 01:19 on 28 Jan 2015 by Pandora / Blake

Our sponsored caning fundraiser to fight against UK porn censorship has now raised 1400 - thank you so much to all who have donated so far! But we aren't stopping there. All proceeds raised (and I mean literally all - we aren't keeping a penny) will go to Backlash, who campaign against laws that restrict sexual freedom - and maintain a legal fund to help defend those prosecuted under such laws.

No UK fetish porn producer can afford an expensive court battle. We are all small independent businesses operated by solo kinksters or couples, working from home and barely making a living after the costs of running a website. Any producers affected by these regulations will desperately need Backlash's support - and it's up to us, the kinky community, to help ensure Backlash have the resources they need.

Encouraged by the amazing support we've received so far, we are continuing to promote the campaign and are adding new stretch goals. Every pound will help in the battle against the UK's draconian new censorship of consensual kinky porn.

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, ATVOD, AVMS, Backlash, Bars and Stripes, censorship, extreme porn legislation, Hywel Phillips, kink activism, Michael Stamp, Nimue Allen, performers and producers, politics, porn protest, Restrained Elegance, Rosie Bottomley, sites and studios, Zoe Page


Review: Amelia's Sunday Spanking

Posted at 20:00 on 10 Sep 2011 by Pandora / Blake

When I first heard that the Restrained Elegance team had launched a separate studio for ambitious, feature-length spanking and bondage films, I wrote an excited post to let you all know. I was particularly keen to see their first and only spanking movie. In my opinion their production values, photography and cinematography are the best you'll see in our BDSM niche, and while respecting Hywel's preferred genre, I've always been somewhat disappointed that they were using their powers for evil bondage, rather than the hard corporal punishment scenarios that get me really hot.

Well, I've been lucky enough to end up with a review copy, and on Wednesday Tom and I sat down to watch it. (NB. Neither Restrained Elegance nor Elegance Studios has an affiliates scheme, so I have no financial interest in this project.)

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, belt, cane, dominance and submission, Elegance Studios, funny, hairbrush, Hwyel Phillips, otk spanking, Performers and producers, Restrained Elegance, reviews, strap


Pirates and slavegirls and bondage, oh my

Posted at 19:47 on 20 Aug 2011 by Pandora / Blake

Immediately after getting back from Germany, I was plunged straight into a whirlwind of activity shooting with the lovely folks of Restrained Elegance for three days of shoot trade: one day for their site, and two days for mine.

I was more than a little nervous about this shoot. I've been a fan of Restrained Elegance for ages - even though the doesn't much cater to my primary kink, the quality of their work is undeniable. I think I can safely say that they are the most professional, aesthetically stylish, cinematically ambitious UK kink production company.

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, BDSM, bondage, F-F, featured photos, hot wax, Hwyel Phillips, nipple clamps, Performers and producers, Photos, pirates, porn production, Restrained Elegance, riding crop


Amelia's Sunday Spanking and "real" discipline films

Posted at 20:42 on 20 May 2011 by Pandora / Blake

I am ridiculously excited by a new project launched by Hywel Phillips and Ariel Anderssen/Amelia-Jane Rutherford of Restrained Elegance.

For a while, Restrained Elegance has beaten most other UK kink sites (as it were) when it comes to the quality of photography and professional production values. I watch their films because they are compelling, interesting and beautiful to watch, but the truth of it is that bondage isn't really my kink. It's a fun means to an end if that end is impact play, but taken in isolation it leaves me kind of cold (and combined with, say, very mild flogging, it's even more frustrating!) Restrained Elegance films are great for showing to people new to kinky porn as an example of the quality that's possible, and they're brilliant for bondage fans, but for me, they are often only so much elegant foreplay, and ultimately leave me wanting more.

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, dominance and submission, Elegance Studios, Hwyel Phillips, Performers and producers, Restrained Elegance, Thomas Cameron


Ariel Anderssen's Slave Dance

Posted at 19:22 on 14 Feb 2010 by Pandora / Blake

For Valentine's Day I gave Tom a subscription to Restrained Elegance. I gave it to him early the last time he was at mine, so we could look at bondage porn in privacy. I can highly recommend this site. It's not entirely our cup of tea as porn - the bondage and restraint are aesthetically beautiful, but from our point of view they're more "set dressing" for an imagined CP scene than porn in their own right. But the photography is some of the highest calibre I've ever seen, the models are enviably flexible (if all something on the skinny side) and the technical quality of the films is pretty much unrivalled in the spanking scene. In terms of photography, editing, lighting, use of music, these films look more like music videos than what we tend to expect of porn.

My favourite out of all the contents I've seen so far is a short film from 2007 called "Slave Dance", starring Ariel Anderssen (better known to us as Amelia Jane Rutherford). In order to fully explain why I like it so much I have to spoil the "twist", but it's quite an old film, so I hope Ariel and Hywel won't mind.

In May 2007, Ariel entered her probationary period as the Restrained Elegance resident slavegirl. One of her assignments was to create a slave dance incorporating the slavegirl positions she was learning, and displaying her body in as refined and submissive a way as possible. (As Hwyel says ominously at the start of the video, because this is her first assignment it is an "unbound" dance. If she's done a "bound" dance since, it hasn't been released.) Ariel writes,

I loved choreography when I was a dancer, but that was a while ago, and making up a dance from scratch challenged me in a way I wasn't used to. I liked the idea of the dance being slow and ritualistic, the way I could imagine a geisha or a harem-slave performing for an invited audience.

As well as being ballet-trained, she has worked as a professional choreographer in the past - and it shows. Combined with her impressive slave training and Hwyel's production talents, this is one of the most extraordinary pieces of film I have ever seen.

It's short - only 8 minutes 40 seconds. The dance (and the track it's set to) takes less than half that long, but is performed twice. The music is haunting, primal, mystic vocals over industrial bass. Perfect for the context (and reminiscent of the bellydancing music I once saw Niki Flynn dancing to. Is it a standard genre?)

The dance begins in the studio, with a very young looking Ariel wearing her high posture collar and a silk kimono. As she dances, the film cuts between shots of her performing the same dance in four other locations and outfits. Inevitably, knowing Hwyel, she's barefoot in all of them, and may be wearing the collar in all of them, although it's not easy to tell. They were probably all (apart from the studio) filmed at the same location, but the effect enriches the dance enormously. The cuts between shots, in time with the slow, evocative music, add impact to Ariel's movements and display her in a variety of beautiful settings.

After the dance is finished, Hwyel ramps up the tension by putting nipple clamps on Ariel and instructing her to perform the dance again. Ariel is aghast. "I can't dance in these!" she cries desperately, eyes wide with pain. "I can't!" Who cares if she's acting? The effect is primeval. I found myself shuddering with empathy, and my body answered with a tremor of excitement.

The second dance is filmed entirely in the studio. Ariel's face, voice and body are, as ever, amazingly expressive - you can see every wince, hear every caught breath. Her dancing is notably less steady the second time. You can hear her gasp in pain as she stretches. By the time she's halfway through, there's a sheen of sweat on her pretty face, and you can see the pain in her eyes. The most dramatic - and physically taxing - moves come at the most dramatic points in the music, and as she cries out in the new agony inflicted by the new positions, the music swells and surges in perfect counterpoint. The synchrony between dance, sensation and soundtrack means that the music naturally complements the emotional curve of the scene. The last section of the dance is the most physically demanding (and sexually explicit) of all. By the end she is crying and whimpering in pain and effort. The combination of her vulnerability and submissive obedience with her poise, grace and astounding talent as a dancer is incredibly hot. As a dance and a film, this is beautiful and unusual - and, through one simple twist, it becomes one of the most intense D/s scenes I've ever seen on film.

Watching it for the first time, I was breathless, heart pounding, sympathetic tears pricking my eyes. I don't think a porn film has ever made me cry before. But it was also seriously hot.

The dance is just astonishing, showing off her flexibility (and terrifyingly bendy shoulders - I will never be able to manage half of these postures) to extraordinary effect. As dance, as choreography, as cinematography, as an incredibly intense D/s scene - this little film deserves to be famous among kinksters everywhere.

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Tags: Amelia Jane Rutherford, bondage, other pictures, Restrained Elegance, reviews


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