The British Fetish Film Festival is a showcase for the latest developments in fetish film making.
The digital revolution has democratised cinema, making it possible to create breathtaking moving images with no more than a cool idea, a dSLR and a few lights.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the area of fetish film making. With a few honourable exceptions (hello, Secretary!) fetishes and alternative sexual identities have not been tackled by mainstream film-makers.
Enthusiastic fetishists like us got fed up with this lack of interest and starting making their own films, funded by website sales.
That's awesome, but sometimes showing movies on the web can be like broadcasting into the void.
Nothing beats seeing your film on a large screen with a sympathetic audience.
Hence, the British Fetish Film Festival.
Welcome to another episode of the UK's slide into a right-wing totalitarian state. The government, cravenly unopposed by the supine opposition, just signed the Snooper's Charter into law. This is a monumentally bad idea, and a worse one is coming in the form of the Digital Economy Bill.
The state, in the form of more or less any agency that cares to ask for it, can now find out every website you visited in the last year from your internet service provider. They don't even need a warrant. Let that sink in for a while. Even if you have nothing to hide and are doing nothing wrong, the information that a junior civil servant can punch up about you is very worrying. And of course, the records will be hacked or sold corruptly to the tabloids or anyone who wants them.
If you live in Britain, the government have effectively just installed webcams pointing in through every window in your house.
I urge everyone reading this who lives in the UK to install and start using a VPN (virtual private network). Choose one that's registered in another country, that doesn't keep logs, and choose one that you pay for. British ones have to obey the same snooping laws to spy on you that your internet service provider does. Free ones sell your data, which is the opposite of what you want. And if the company doesn't keep logs, they don't even have the information to pass on.
This is not a panacea. It means placing some trust in the VPN operator, for a start. But if they make their money by running the service, it is in their interests to do a good job for you.
A VPN routes your internet activity through its internal network so outsiders can't see where you are going. It also encrypts the data as it goes to make it hard to snoop on. All your ISP can report to the government is that you are using a VPN: they can't tell them which sites you have visited or anything much else. They've been used by companies for years to allow people to connect to the company's internal network whist working away so they don't have to worry about security at random free wifi hotspots. They are a mature and well-integrated technology which integrates easily with modern devices (for example, iPhones bring up a little "VPN" icon when you're connected).
This was already pretty good practice for protection against hacking and cyber-crime. State-sponsored intrusion into ALL our private lives is on a whole different level, though, and I really must urge everyone in the UK to do something to limit the information that a junior civil servant or policeman can find out about you. It's only a matter of months before the records are hacked, too, and some poor celebrity's choice of porn will be splashed all over the tabloids. The number of people suddenly having access to everything you've looked at online will be HUGE, and corrupt release of records or out and out hacking the database is pretty much a certainty.
If you are very concerned, you can use Tor. In fact you can use Tor over a VPN, but this slows things down a lot. A well-run VPN should have relatively minimal impact on your connection speed.
The state has just installed CCTV pointing in through every window in your house. A VPN is drawing the curtains. If you live in the UK, I strongly urge you to install and use a VPN right now.
You can find out some good ones here: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/internet/best-vpn-2016-2017-uk-what-is-vpn-3641578/
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Posted on 30 November 2016 | 5:00 am
The production company have just sent us a link to final transmitted version of Kinky Britain, so if you are interested and haven't been able to see it yet (eg from the USA) you can hopefully watch it here:https://vimeo.com/wearesundogpictures/review/178167400/ecbb5ec999
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Posted on 21 August 2016 | 4:39 am
I was sad to hear that Fred Gunn, who had not one but two of his films shown at the British Fetish Film Festival, has decided to close down his video sites. The final straw was ATVOD/OFCOM and the spectre of censorship- a vivid example of the chilling effect that censorship has above and beyond the actual damage to people they censor.
He has very kindly decided to run a closing down sale, with all proceeds going to Backlash, the organisation which is fighting for our sexual freedoms in the UK.
Find out more on his blog post here: https://umd.net/forums/could-you-all-help-save-britai and check out the sites:Continue Reading →
Posted on 14 April 2016 | 3:27 am
Today I heard that fellow UK bondage producer Dave Simpson recently took his own life because of the collapse of his business due to piracy. Rob from Rope dreams posted:
This message from one of his models was posted on a forum: "I was a close,close friend of Dave Simpson for several years. He was responsible for me being introduced to the wonderful world of bondage. Last year we lost touch, He drifted away from me and fell into a state of utter despair as a result of seeing his website business destroyed by the whole nature of the internet stealing everything he'd worked on. In the last months of knowing him I saw him slowly being torn apart by the thieves who thought it was OK to ruin his hard work. Last week I got a call from his sister who told me he had taken his own life. "
Nobody goes into the business of producing kink niche erotica for the money; any serious business-person would look at the potential market and go straight into mainstream porn instead. So you can guarantee that anyone running a little bondage website is doing it because it is their passion and their love. And that they are doing it as a tiny cottage industry on razor-thin margins. If there ever were days when bondage websites raked in millions, they're VERY long gone.
The world has changed in the 15-ish years since Dave Simpson started his sites (and I started mine). Censorship is certainly a threat, but the threat of endless fucking piracy in one we've just had to get used to. As I posted recently in my cupcake analogy, stealing porn isn't a victimless crime. And nor is watching stolen porn. If you like it, pay your fair share to the people who created it, so they can make some more.
So thank you again to everyone who has been kind enough to support the community of small cottage industries across the world that is the online bondage community. It is you, the honest people who have made it all possible.
And the pirates? You can fuck right off. R.I.P Dave Simpson.
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Posted on 13 March 2016 | 11:55 am
Myles Jackman (the UK’s foremost legal expert on matters of censorship, obscenity law and sexual freedom) has kindly agreed to come along to the British Fetish Film Festival!
He will be leading a session on Sunday morning and will talk about the recent abolition of ATVOD and the absorption of their role back into OFCOM (their parent regulator).
What does that mean for UK producers and film-makers? Myles will give us a talk and take questions at the festival.
There is still time to book, you can see the full program and sign up online right now: BritishFetishFilmFestival.com
We need to know number for catering THIS WEEK so don’t miss your chance to find out the latest developments!
Oh, and we’ll be having a great fun weekend shooting and editing a Bondage Film Noir fetish film together, and chilling out watching some great kinky films at the Festival too. Be entertained! Be informed! Be there! :-)Continue Reading →
Posted on 2 February 2016 | 4:01 am