Its been a long time since Ive posted on here and while I think people dont read blogs anymore I always meet with someone who reminds me they used to read it and question if Im still producing Real Couples.
I'm still very much here alive and kicking and still active. Ive been busy in recent months with the UKAP Awards (2016) which is ironic since it was me that wanted to bin the awards much tothe dismay of the association way back in 2014 where they unanimously voted in favour to keep it and ironically I found myself running with a few trusty cohorts to make the event happen and I can tell you the road to organising these events is a logistical marathon of Olympian proportions that maybe one day I might write a book on. I have to admit I have had no skills in this area as I saw others handle it over the years as a casual observer.
The event came around and was a success, much to my relief and this another year was done. I was so busy organising the event that I took myself out of the equation except for the best website which there was no way I was going to win but I put it in for the promotion anyway, hence why it never made the final four on the screen.
You can watch the video and decide for yourself but what I did take particular pride in was the rest of the day with the UKAP meeting followed by the screening and Q&A of Respectable- The Mary Millington Story where we at UKAP awarded Mary Millington the inaugural Legends Of Adult Entertainment Award.
I watched the film many months ago and decided I had to do this film as my 3rd screen outing for The Naked Truth Film Club and met up with the film director to pitch him the idea to do an exclusive screening for the film. Naturally he was apprehensive that such a person representing an adult content producers association would even want a screening but once I answered the question to my motives he was well on board. In fact he was even helpful despite doing the rounds with the film all ready and had his concerns for the amount of work I was taking on to screen this film which was shown in The Prince Charles cinema in Leicester Square the same night as the awards.
It was a physically exhausting day and I was pleasantly surprised that various people orchestrated a secret thank you for me towards the end of the show. i didnt see that coming but when one of the cameras cut to me you can see I was clearly a mix of sozzled on the sauce and exhausted but still trying to hold the camera steady.
Why do I take on so much? Because I fucking love it! Also I want to lead by example and let people know that we can reach new heights in our business if we all muck in all hands on deck to work together. The results of these events have been far reaching and we have already got a film maker on board to shoot a documentary on the adult business. The pilot for Sexposed should be available for screening in December so watch this space for more info about that.
It was great to see Michelle Thorne win for Best Website. I was shocked to find out her DVD was her first award win in 16 years of being in the business according to last years video, so it was nice she won this year considering she is one of the most loved and one of the few biggest names we have in the UK and of course I'm pleased to have had such an enduring career with her as she started out doing her hardcore scenes for me. I can lay claim to being the only producer (or one of the few) who has filmed her with all her men in the past 15 years (which was 3) Can you name them? Answers on a post card please to the usual address
Fans maybe pleased that its only taken her 16 years to really do hardcore when you consider the work she is doing now with other companies and other men.
I am particularly proud of the Super Sounds Of The 70′s compilation I put together to run prior to the awards in tribute to
Mary Millington to set the mood to someof the music that was popular in her era prior to her death in 1979. If you have seen the film you might understand my enthusiasm as to why I wanted to screen it. In short, when I watched it I was blown away and saddened. Firstly Im a big fan of all things 70′s but most importantly I found a film maker who made a film about a person i did not know but could empathise and feel for. Mary was most women I know today in the adult business and it was no coincidence I chose Linsey Dawn McKenzie who pointed out the similarities between them both, even down to the fact their mothers died of cancer and both know David Sullivan who is featured in the film.
You can watch the Q&A which is a regular component of The Naked Truth Film Club where I choose films specifically for the adult industry to engage with the public and media to discuss in the hope of shedding light on from an adult industry perspective. With all thats going on facving the adult business right now I felt transparency is a good thing in the absence of silence met from the porn community over the years that has lead to those with agendas trying to regulate it but thats a whole other topic and why I became more active in recent years.
I havent stopped producing. Its just I havent shot any new scenes for Real Couples in a while as the industry has changed so much that people are shooting their own content through different platforms that I need to work out where I'm going with the franchise that has given me a living for the past decade. When Ive decided you will know but meanwhile its not as if I dont have plenty to get on with right now and in the future.
If anything I may focus on the lifestyle angle. The chatty format to Real Couples is largely responsible for its appeal so I wont focus on making it so porno but I wont scrimp on the sex and nudity which is also why the site has had a following for years. Lets see where that takes us.
You can check out all the winners and more pictures from the UKAP Awards event at www.ukapawards.com