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Introducing the London Porn Film Festival

Posted at 17:30 on 29 Mar 2017 by Pandora Blake

Postcards of the London Porn Film Festival

I’m SO happy that London has *finally* got its very own London Porn Film Festival, courtesy of those fabulous queers over at Wotever World <3 It’s on next week from Friday to Sunday (April 7-9), and I’m delighted that they are showing two Dreams of Spanking films: Please May I Come, Mistress and Queer as in Fuck You. Even better, I shall be there to do some Q&As! Ever since I first attended the amazing Berlin Porn Film Festival in 2014, I’ve longed for a London equivalent to showcase radical queer porn in its many beautiful diverse forms, so this is super exciting - please help me support it so it can become an annual event!

Please May I Come, Mistress is part of a 100-minute programme with seven other shorts under the title ‘A Thousand Queer Sexualities - films that span a breadth of erotic possibilities, and at the same time subverts them and swerves past the easy answers’. This film screens alongside Since You Asked So Nicely by Ms Naughty at Bright Desire, starring myself and Parker Marx in my first published boy/girl scene - which is queerer than you might expect.

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Tags: Charlie J Forrest, Dreams of Spanking, ethical porn, fairtrade porn, Fauni Cate, feminist porn, film festivals, queer porn, Wotever World

 

La Fete du Slip

Posted at 11:09 on 10 Mar 2017 by Pandora Blake

Pandora Blake at La Fete du Slip porn film festival

I'm writing this blogpost on my way back from Switzerland, where I've been staying in Lausanne for five days for La Fete du Slip. Apparently it's the biggest festival of its kind in Europe after the Porn Film Festival Berlin - I'm told that six thousand people attended this year. It was my first time there. I was invited to accompany the screening of my film Please May I Come, Mistress, and they kindly offered some help with expenses which made it possible. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet members of our extended international porn family, discover hot new films, and visit Switzerland for the first time.

I’m always curious to visit new places. Lausanne is a small town on the Swiss bank of Lake Geneva, with the French Alps decorating the horizon. It’s hilly, each incline a hidden third dimension invisible on Google maps, but quickly discovered puffing up and down cobbled streets, or trying to work out a way between different levels of roads and bridges on foot. The central streets are paved and tidy, with restaurants, little shops and all the other trappings of a wealthy town. Other areas - like Arsenic, the venue hosting the porn film screenings - are more like the cities I’m used to, with large concrete infrascructure, graffiti and somewhat more urban decay. Even by London standards it's very expensive. Food and drink costs over twice what I expected, and I still hadn't got used to it by the time I left.

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Tags: ethical porn, feminist porn, film festivals, Four Chambers, Goodyn Green, Jiz Lee, La Fete du Slip, Lilith Luxe, Mad Kate, Mathias Antonietti, Mickey Mod, queer porn, Vex Ashley

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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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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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Porn Film Festival Berlin - first day of screenings

Posted at 20:04 on 30 Oct 2014 by Pandora Blake

Violet Blue was kind enough to link to my last post about the Porn Film Festival Berlin. I kept notes throughout the next four days of the festival, but didn't have time to post anything until I got back. The following was written last Thursday evening in Berlin, after midnight.

Oh my god, where to start? I can't believe I've only been here for a day. Including shorts I've seen fourteen films today - I've never consumed this much media in one go before. Every spare minute in between has been spent talking, processing, connecting with people. The scarcity of tickets not only makes the films seem more valuable, but having limited time to chat to people in between makes every conversation significant - and really forces you to be efficient. I didn't want to waste a single second in the film-makers lounge on small talk. Give me shop talk, gossip and analysis every time.

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Tags: Body positivity, Bright Desire, ethical porn, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, feminist porn, film festivals, Gender politics, Kink activism, Ms Naughty, Performers and producers, PFFB, Photos, Politics, Porn Film Festival Berlin, Queer politics, queer porn, Sites and studios, The Explicit Diary of Zahra Stardust, Zahra Stardust

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Landing in Berlin

Posted at 17:35 on 24 Oct 2014 by Pandora Blake

I should know by now that my moods have ups and downs. After my feeling of euphoria as I left the UK, I landed in Berlin with a bit of a bump.

The festival organisers had very kindly arranged accommodation for me at someone's house near the cinema, but unfortunately they wouldn't be there to let me in when I arrived, so I had to go from the airport straight to the cinema. I navigated the public transport and the streets on my own with my two little suitcases (since the Ryanair baggage weight allowance is so small, I couldn't put it all in one big one). A few hours ago I'd been congratulating myself on my thoughtful packing - now I was cursing myself for not travelling light. I stopped at the airport for a coffee to write down the street address and directions of where I was going, but I didn't draw a map of the way from the subway station, so I struck out at random in the rain and happened upon it by sheer luck. I felt totally stupid for not being able to ask directions in German.

So I arrived at the cinema straight off the plane, damp and sweaty and tired, in desperate need of a shower, a change of clothes, and a cup of tea. Instead I was immediately plunged into the busiest part of the festival, and had to leave my suitcases in a corner and change my top in the public toilets.

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Tags: Fairtrade porn, film festivals, Ms Naughty, PFFB, Porn Film Festival Berlin

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Instructed in Berlin

Posted at 23:05 on 22 Oct 2014 by Pandora Blake

I'm typing this at the airport, waiting for my flight to Berlin. I've had five hours sleep and I can't believe I've actually made it this far and nothing's gone wrong.

This is my third international trip this year and each time I feel like I'm getting away with something naughty. Like all self-employed business owners, I pay the price for time off in advance. All the work due while I'm away needs to be done ahead of time; plus I need to earn extra pennies to pay for the trip. I can't imagine the ease of having paid leave - but then, nor can I imagine the frustration of not being in control of my own creative work. Overall it's a trade-off I'm happy with. And after not being able to afford to take holiday for most of my twenties, it feels like an unimaginable luxury.

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Tags: D, dominance and submission, Dreams of Spanking, Fairtrade porn, Female gaze, film festivals, learning curves, making a scene, Ms Naughty, PFFB, Photos, Porn Film Festival Berlin

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