Just 5 short films in 5 years have positioned us among some of our idols in alternative pornography and for us that’s something to be proud of.
Our short films can’t be watched outside sex-positive, feminist, ethical friendly festivals or other events related. We call for patience until we have a proper website where people can comfortably watch our movies from their own sofa. (Meanwhile, you can have a look at some of them at Dusk.tv, certainly supporting this project)
By now, we want to tease you with this 5 years showreel.
Over the last two decades independent producers have made important contributions to the “pornosphere”. Enabled by increasingly affordable and accessible technology, alternative, indie, feminist, queer, ethical, amateur, user-generated and “post” porn have arguably “democratised” pornography.
Is its offer on International Women’s Day an altruistic measure? Or, given that small producers are being asked to provide free content that will generate advertising revenue, is an international corporation seeking to profit from women’s labour?
Porn performers discuss stigma and labour at the launch of Coming Out Like a Porn Star, Melbourne. Gala Vanting, Author provided
Sex workers have spearheaded a movement for fair working conditions and adequate payment and control over how and where their scenes are distributed. A desire to capitalise on women’s creative labour is very different to a genuine commitment to sex worker rights.
Indeed feminist porn pioneer Candida Royalle has insisted that women must “take control of the reins of production” to ensure our voice is heard.
Mini-documentary Female Porn Directors: Taking The Reins (2016).
But although women now have greater access to the means of production, we cannot say the same for the means of distribution. As long as male-dominated corporations own and control the infrastructure, men predominantly make the money and female producers are encouraged to work for free.
When you can’t sell sex
Meanwhile, independent producers face barriers that they say make the sale of porn virtually unviable. These include refusals from banks in processing adult payments, administrative and financial costs in securing billing from Australia, and higher fees due to the assumed risk of adult websites.
As academic Georgina Voss has argued, working in porn is a kind of “stigmatised labour”. Combined with criminal laws in Australia that prohibit advertising of X18+ material, it is increasingly difficult and expensive to actually sell pornography.
The increasing access to free online pornography, available without credit card, age verification or email log in, is currently the subject of an Australian Senate Inquiry, following an inquiry into revenge porn, the non-consensual sharing of explicit images.
Crowdfunding and consumer entitlement
Porn’s move towards free content in return for patronage or advertising is similar to the trend in other creative industries. Porn has moved from subscription sites to video-on-demand, and now towards crowdfunding.
In some cases, giving away free content has been a political protest to circumvent criminal laws. And some feminist producers have offered sliding scales and discounts for women, while featuring free sections on their websites.
But pornography is different to other creative industries because ongoing stigma brings additional risks. The reuse of old content on tube sites can have consequences for retired performers, leading to their being discriminated against when finding work or even in child custody battles.
Ethical porn producers are guided by performers as to whether their image is to remain behind a paywall or can be used in marketing. Contracting with tube sites risks performers losing control of the product, which may be featured next to misogynist, racist or transphobic taglines. Ethical porn is not only about production – it is about marketing, distribution and consumption.
Requests to provide free content to satisfy consumers ignore the skilled yet precarious labour of sex work and the capital involved in producing porn – from location, wardrobe, talent, camera equipment and editing software.
Solo producers who shoot and star in their own content operate with no/low budget, shoot sporadically and may supplement porn with other work to earn a living.
The University of California’s Heather Berg argues this is part of a larger trend under late capitalism: work/life is blurred, performers are encouraged to take on their professional identities 24/7, and workers are expected to perform for love, not for money.
Mi coche is the first film made by new(ish) Toytool members Lo Liddell and Vile Mae. Filmed in Amsterdam, during the summer of 2015. It portrays a car at night, traversing through an industrial landscape, where bodies and objects become subjects to light and darkness, flickering across their skin as if it were caressing their soft flesh. Abstract images of lust permeated with wild flowers, luscious pussies and throbbing cock.
Lo and Vile have worked together for a while now, making art as part of the duo Daddy I am a Man where they explore themes of sex, sexuality, repulsion and desire.
Committe for this short film:
Director: Toytool Comiteé
Producer: Toytool Comiteé
Original idea: Lo Liddell & Vile Mae
Starring: Chris, Nichole Shae, Robin Rain
Camera: Vile Mae
Post production: Lo Liddell
Sound design: Lo Liddell
Sound mixed & mastered: Daniel Bull
With extra special thanks to SG Collins
Length: 5min 8sec
Original language: English
Year of production: 2015
Country of production: The Netherlands
The Audience in Sydney considered our short film as the best among some other amazing movies we actually love. We hugely thank all those people who chose our movie, the jury who presented it as a finalist and Perv Queerotic Film Festival for make everything possible.
This is the first time -ever- Toytool wins a prize and it’s awesome we get it from The Audience. The People get its message, its positive and natural way to show a porn shooting or a sex scene and its call of help and support not only for us but for all the independent, feminist, queer, LGTB, sex-positive little producers like us. That’s incredibly important.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THESE LOCAL PORNOGRAPHERS
The Rose Garden is our new short film we are showing for the first time in a Global premiere at Porn Film Festival Berlin in its 10th edition this year.
You take me to the Rose Garden, undress me and satisfy my fear with kisses. You make my skin tangible with the touch of those warm, dry hands I want to wet with my desire. I’m in your fantasy or you are in mine, but both of us are trapped in this Rose Garden.
Watch the teaser here:
Committee for this short film:
Director: Toytool Committee
Producer: Toytool Committee
Starring: Renae D and Nichole Shae
Original idea: María Bla
Dramaturgical advisory: Renae D and Yvette Luhrs
Costumes, hair and make up: Renae D and Yvette Luhrs
Art Director: María Bla
Photography director: Isaac Torres, Ana Wika
Camera: Ana Wika
Edit: María Bla
Post-production: Damià Jordà
Sound design: Alfredo Sorlí Boscá
Our thanks to La Boba y el Gato Rancio for letting us to play in their garden.
Summer is over and before the the festival season starts again it would be certainly convenient to make a round up about what happened in our house until now.
Some of our short films have been screened at some great festivals all around the world:
HOME was selected for the Queer Porn Film Festival -New York, USA- in April and recently, last weekend, it was screened at The Sappho Women, International Eressos Women’s Festival.
The Silent Guy was included in CineKink NYC 2015 program and also at Dirty Movie Club in Sidney
Support Your Local Pornographers (SYLP) travelled from Mexico with La Muestra Marrana to Australia at Cinematic Intimacies with a stop in Europe, Amsterdam, at Holy Fuck weekend.
In this section we can also include NYC Porn Film Festival. They requested our movies, we sent them, they confirm the short films were in the program but then we couldn’t see us anywhere in their festival info so, who knows, maybe we where or may be not. At least we didn’t need to pay a submission fee.
But is not only about festivals here. There’s much more to talk about.
We have a new short film starring Nichole Shae & Renae D. who perform in The Rose Garden, the most abstract and mysterious scene we have made so far. It shows in a way all our admiration for the legendary serial Twin Peaks and we just hope wood pullovers turn you on as much as us. Music is composed by Alfredo Sorlí Boscá and the Committee is completed by the camera of Ana Wika and the light work of Isaac Torres. Damià Jordà has made a wonderful work with color correction and post production and María Bla is directing the project and the edit with the dramaturgical advisory of Renae D. and Yvette Luhrs.
Mi Coche (My Car), an original idea of Lo Lidell and Vile Mae, it’s already a work-in-progress we are anxious to finish. Starring Nichole Shae, Robin Rain and Chris, this short film is shot on a car ride across Amsterdam, lights and shadows show and hide what happens in the back seat of this car.
Something that probably will see the light next year: a scene with KAy Garnellen and María Bla inside another closet, following the line of Support Your Local Pornographers but for the glitter, make-up and plastic furs. This short film is going to have a very special soundtrack we can only advance it’s just kraut rock, but we like it.
Some members of Toytool have been in other projects or developing new ones by themselves. Lo Lidell and María Bla were in June at the organization of La Exhibición-Cultura Sexplícita, the first alternative porn festival in Valencia (Spain), in alliance with Isaac Torres (Proyectos Poplíteos). Brenda Bengala worked on the image and logo of the festival and, for something completely different, she and Phosky are MOLAR FLUX , and they are making the sweetest techno music and dj’s sessions.
Ok, the only thing left now is our THANKS to all the people who has been helping, collaborating and supporting Toytool Committee Projects this hard months: Thank you KAy Garnellen, Jasko Fide, Scott Mannion, Lara Zurdezas, Gala Vanting, Yvette Luhrs, La Fête du Slip and Porn Film Festival Team -you are the sweetest thing-, Courtney Trouble, Jiz Lee, Bettina Freyland, Petra Joy, Pau Pappel, Carmen Monzó, ETEP (Estudios de Traducción para el Erotismo y la Pornografía), Oscar y Paco from La Boba y el Gato Rancio, to Lucía Egaña and Diana Torres from La Muestra Marrana, Ms. Naughty, to all our viewers and fans, to Elektra Stoffrengen, Antonio da Silva… and if you are reading this, THANK YOU TOO for making this project unstoppable.