KINK - A BDSM Documentary from James Franco

KINK - A BDSM Documentary from James Franco

The title pretty much sells this article...

James Franco is a pretty busy dude. When he's not posting selfies on Instagram, getting embroiled in scandals with underage girls, writing weird poetry or shaving his head, he's super active in film, be it acting, directing or producing. Personally, I like it when he's acting in stuff like Pineapple Express and This Is The End, and haven't really delved to deeply into his directorial efforts such as the recent Cormac McCarthy adaptation Child Of God or As I Lay Dying. People love to bitch about him for a variety of reasons - "his films are crap", "he posts too many selfies", he sucked at hosting the Oscars", but I kind of appreciate that it seems like he does pretty much whatever he wants, whenever he wants, and gives approximately zero fucks. That is an honourable stance in an industry that thrives on ego-boosting and people's desire to be loved by the media and fans at large.

I digress somewhat, although his zero fucks attitude does segue into a project that recently came to light for me - a documentary called KINK, directed by Christina Voros, and produced by Mr Franco. Ultimately it's his name on the project that brought this to my eyes, and a lot of the rest of the world's. It delves into the world of Kink.com, the world's largest producer of online fetish content. Anyone who browses Pornhub et al has probably come across a Kink.com piece, and Voros' documentary peers behind the curtain of a pretty extreme industry - one that is equal parts "faux abuse" and a deep understanding of the dom-sub relationship between the crew involved in video shoots.

Where Kink.com is filmed is in a place called the Kink Armory in San Francisco, "Five or six floors, all these props. The Humbler, the Bird Box, all that stuff. They said I could watch them make a video. It was someone in a cage and someone being mean to them, so it was pretty intense. Then they'd cut and figure out what they were gonna do next, and the difference between how they were acting in front of the camera and how they were talking to each other when the cameras weren't rolling was so different. Everybody was part of a team," said Franco, at a recent screening Q&A.

The documentary is currently doing the film festival circuit (I've no idea when or even if it'll be released officially in Australia), and you can check out the trailer below:

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