A queer overview of the 2012 program featuring prominent pornographers such as Wakefield Poole, Buck Angel and Sadie Lune.
The 61st annual Berlinale international film festival kicks off this week with around 400 films screened across eleven days. While the filmmaking industry at large is still overwrought with male gaze clichés (of the top hundred films at last year’s box office, only three were made by women), the Berlinale features a refreshingly high proportion of female directors, and in line with Berlin’s queer-friendly atmosphere, lots of works celebrate variation in sexuality and gender expression.
Now in its fifth edition and spanning four days, Berlin’s Porn Film Festival is much more than the name leads on: most of the works have redeeming appeal beyond simply prurient interests, and it offers not just film screenings but also workshops, panel discussions and artwork on display. And although the fest is rife with typical hetero smut, there is plenty of focus on queer content and works directed by women.