2018: things to come in fetish .
2018 has arrived, providing an irresistible temptation to look ahead at what the next 12 months may have in store for the world of fetish.
Tony Mitchell dusts off his crystal ball to focus on various things that are definitely on the 2018 event horizon, as well as a few possibilities that might become reality if things develop in the right – or wrong – way. Banner image: Dutch model Lotte LaVey at EuroPerve 2017
Late 2017 saw two significant additions to the canon of feature-length movies with fetish/BDSM themes, both of which are set to become more widely available now that 2018 has arrived.
SOON COME: Blu-ray, DVD and digital platform releases of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, out on Jan 31 (US) and March 5 (UK)
The first is Angela Robinson’s delightful portrayal of the unconventional life of Wonder Woman creator William Marston: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.
This US indie production received the briefest UK theatrical release late last year, but is now due for release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms on January 31 in the US and March 5 in the UK.
The film explores the former Harvard academic’s rather advanced theories (for the 1940s) about domination and submission in human relationships, and the attraction he and his wife shared for one of his students that resulted in the three embarking on a ‘polyamorous domestic arrangement’.
One obvious reason for flagging this movie up to a fetish audience is that Wonder Woman became not only a mainstream superheroine but also an enduring fetish icon, created (as some kinksters have long known) to give expression to Marston’s interests in female power, bondage and roleplay.
Another reason is that Robinson’s version of how the Wonder Woman ‘look’ materialised comes in a visually striking bondage episode filmed almost like a dream sequence.
In it, the professor and his two lovers attend a private rope-bondage demonstration hosted by ‘G-String King’ Charles Guyette (see recent Fetishistas book review) in his Manhattan studio.
This extended scene beautifully conveys the potency of such a ‘forbidden’ scenario without straying from the film’s overall tone as an articulate, funny, quirkily charming romantic adventure with a strong feminist subtext.
Marston’s descendants have nevertheless disowned the film’s take on his life — a reminder to us that it’s only based on a true story. But this movie is still well worth 108 minutes of your time.
IT’S TRUE! Cover of the Ex-Dominatrix DVD, out now. A second public screening of the film takes place at London’s Whirled Cinema on January 25
The second release getting 2018 off to a good start, fetish film-wise, is Ex-Dominatrix: A True Story. Already extensively covered by us, this British documentary by Darren Cavanagh detailing the rise, fall and rebirth of legendary Belgian domina Goddess Ira (aka Lucrezia) is finally out on DVD.
This month sees two public screenings of the film in London at Whirled Cinema: the first was on January 12 and the second is on the 25th.
Turning now to the fetish partying scene, our December cover story detailed how one aspect of kinky life — international fetish weekending — will expand in 2018, following the arrival of not one but two new annual German gatherings with international aspirations.
Avantgardista, one of the two new events, was launched in Munich on the same dates as the Dominatrix weekend on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
Whether by coincidence or as a direct result, the edition of Dominatrix with which Avantgardista clashed was downsized, offering just a single fashion show and no Miss Fetish Europe awards.
Consequently many people have been wondering about the longer-term future of the Dutch event.
I can now confirm that a major format change is planned for Dominatrix in 2018. Promoter Reinier More has announced a return to his earlier bi-annual party schedule but on a reduced scale, without the big production values (and associated costs) of recent weekends.
The first of his new smaller parties, which have been tagged Dominatrix goes underground, will take place on April 21. We don’t have a date for the second one yet, but if it’s in November as before, at least it won’t clash with Avantgardista, which has moved to late October.
MORE OR LESS: Reinier More (left) has down- sized Dominatrix, making Dani Divine (second right) probably the last Miss Fetish Europe
It’s a shame to lose Dominatrix in its old form. At its height, it was a very important fetish fashion showcase and networking event for designers, models and photographers.
However, there was always some disconnect between the high regard these gatherings were held in by the industry and the audience Dominatrix was able to attract — both in character and size.
In more buoyant circumstances the clash with Avantgardista might have been shrugged off by its host as a temporary inconvenience. But if Dominatrix was already struggling, as seemed to be the case, last year’s overlap with the new German weekend could easily have felt to Reinier like the last straw.
Conceivably Dominatrix’s downsizing could focus new interest on another annual Dutch event — EuroPerve, Amsterdam’s strict dresscode fetish party.
Despite critical acclaim, this collaboration between DeMask and Wasteland has also sometimes struggled with numbers. It surely deserves more support from pervs in neighbouring (or indeed distant) countries to bolster the relatively small domestic crowd attracted by its more traditional ‘purist’ fetish style.
Fans of EuroPerve keen for it to continue have suggested ways of increasing its audience. Ideas include collaborating with local promoters to expand it into a weekend, and adding supporting fashion shows to the traditional DeMask solo spot to increase the party’s ‘fetish glamour’ content.
YOU’RE A PERV: Louva DeMask (left), with trusty sidekick Irresistible Iris, opening EuroPerve Resurrection VI in Amsterdam last September
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