• Sex Fails to Excite at Sundance Film Festival

    Kink and Sex Fails to Excite Sundance Film FestivalBDSM and pornography failed to impress judges at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

    The annual festival, which took place in Utah this past week, featured a host of sex-related entries for the first time ever - but none managed to snap up an award.

    The 10-day Sundance festival is widely recognised for featuring the hottest indie talent, and if this year’s entries were anything to go by, we have an exciting year of sexually themed new releases ahead of us. Between documentaries, shorts and full-length movies, the recent festival saw over a dozen sex-themed entries.

    2012 saw an increasing number of people talking about sex and sex toys in the media - from the phenomenon of Fifty Shades of Grey and the UK release of “Hysteria” - and this trend is set to continue in the coming year with the premieres of BDSM documentary “Kink” and porn actress biopic "Lovelace" to look forward to.

    Image: Jason Elon Goodman


    Produced by James Franco, “Kink” is a behind-the-scenes look at the production of BDSM pornography. The documentary was filmed in the dungeon headquarters of Kink.com, the leading producer of bondage and fetish porn in the US.

    Another hot favourite which was overlooked for awards was “Lovelace”, starring Amanda Seyfried as porn star Linda Lovelace. Most well known for her 1972 adult movie “Deep Throat”, Lovelace was widely considered the most famous porn actress ever. Seyfried portrays the renowned Lovelace in this biopic, her most overtly sexual role yet.

    Hollywood star James Franco was partly responsible for the large number of adult-themed entries in the festival, having been directly involved in three separate entries: he played Hugh Hefner in “Lovelace”, produced “Kink” and directed "Interior. Leather Bar", the reimagining of previously censored 80s kink flick “Cruising”. Franco told E! that he’s so interested in working with sex-packed movies because “it’s sort of a topic of endless exploration” and “it’s on most people’s minds” constantly.

    While the sex-themed entries flopped at Sundance, there’s still a chance that they’ll be a hit with general audiences on release later in the year. Which are you looking forward to seeing?

    Get a sneak peek of “Lovelace” below.

    Comments (3)

    • Julia Swanson: January 29, 2013 09:33
      was hoping lovelace would win something. Can't wait to see it when it comes out. Im a huge Amanda Seyfried fan!
    • Miss-Nomer: January 30, 2013 14:18
      Oh, that's a bit of shame. Lovelace looks pretty good (but then I might just be saying that since I adore Amanda Seyfried!). Kink sounds pretty interesting, too (I do love documentaries on the sex industry).
    • Jazzy: February 03, 2013 15:32
      I'd like to see the Kink documentary as I'm a fan of some of the websites in the kink.com empire. From the trailer at http://kinkdoc.com/ it looks like an interesting insight into how porn is produced on the corporate scale...
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