Preaching To The Perverted was the first mainstream film set squarely on the fetish club scene. There are many familiar faces from the London fetish scene throughout the film, and just read the credits from even more familiar names!. The film became a cult success after being dropped by the BBC as too racy (!). Just launched is a Kickstart campaign to raise funds so that it can be digitally restored and revived for the Fifty Shades generation. Know someone interested in fetish and BDSM? This is an entertaining and lighthearted way to show them a little of what goes on in the scene…
Written and directed by two-time Bafta-winner, Stuart Urban, this British romp was inspired by actual trials of BDSM-ers. It features Christien Anholt as an infiltrator who gathers evidence for a private prosecution of fetish clubs but falls in love with the domme played by lesbian icon Guinevere Turner as leader of the House of Thwax 24/7 life-stylers. The two leads and Urban are reuniting for this appeal.
Filmed in a high camp style with a cast and crew often drawn from the fetish, BDSM and LGBT scenes, the film is a joyful portrayal of alternative sexuality that makes people laugh but also reflect on the way of the world. The EL James trilogy has led to a resurgence of interest in it, now that BDSM is no longer a four-letter word.
However, back in 1997 its release did lead to controversy, being the last film of the twentieth century to be banned in Ireland and even being cut for home video rating in the USA in 2003. The BBC had developed but then dumped the project for being un-showable…yet ended up screening it several times. Not only the fetish scene but LGBT, music and fashion press embraced the film and helped it become an enduring cult hit.
The award-winning film led to tribute clubs or nights in several countries in the fetish and Goth scenes, and burlesque characters being named after it.
Tim Woodward of Skin Two magazine and a number of key scene people are also solidly behind the restoration project. Said Woodward: “This is the only really good film ever made that’s set in the BDSM/fetish world. Every fetish person should see it”.
Rewards and prizes are coming from Jed Phoenix of London, Coffee Cake & Kink, Madame Caramel, Mistress Velour, and many more.
Urban says that “unlike the studios, we indies don’t have deep pockets to remaster our 35mm work, so crowd funding to our loyal fans represents the fresh and ideal way to save this film”.
Some great rewards are on offer, and a strong start is vital to its 30 day campaign, so run, don’t shuffle to….
Pledge your support on Kickstarter and see all the great rewards: Click Here to view the campaign
Our website: www.preachingtotheperv.com
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