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Anna Span Likes To Watch

Anna Span Likes To Watch

by Anabel Unity Sale

Anna Span, Britain's first female porn director, tells LoveGirls how she's making her mark in a man's world and why women should embrace porn

It's the four-letter word that divides many of us grrls: porn. You're either for it, enjoy watching and being turned on by it or you're against it, refuse to watch it and can't understand women who do yet alone why women appear in it.

One woman who is most definitely for it is Anna Span, Britain's first female porn director. She also understands the view some women - especially lesbians and bisexual women have that porn is made to titillate straight men, with women's sexual pleasure coming a poor second. She says: "There is an awful lot of sexist, dreadful porn out there but women need to learn what it can be like."

When Anna, aged 35, was a teenager she was anti-porn. It was after going to Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 1995 to do a BA Honours in Fine Art (film and video) that her mind changed. "I realised that my anger at porn was jealously that men had their sexuality catered for in so many more ways than women." She wanted to make female-orientated films and wrote her dissertation on porn, called Towards a New Pornography.

Openly bisexual she knew she could do a better job at making porn films so after graduating started working for UK porn channel Television X. She began her own production company, Easy On The Eye, in 1998 to release her work and that of other female directors she has trained and in 1999 her first film was aired by Television X. "I do porn for two reasons: one because I enjoy it and two, I think it's a strong feminist statement," she says.

So far Anna has made over 200 porn scenes in total which is the equivalent to 40 feature-length films. Some of her most famous work includes Pound a Punnet, Take This Down and Hug A Hoodie where a fisting scene between two women was so hot it was censored.

Although much of her work features men and women having sex, Anna is happy to explore women only scenes on film although she doesn't write and make scenes and films for lesbians specifically. "I'm bi and looking at two women together turns me on but I don't aim my work at lesbians. Lots of women love my work because in a lot of scenes the women don't use toys internally."

When Anna directs women in a scene she is keen to make sure they are comfortable and enjoy what they are doing. "It's always an easier shoot with women, it's more fun and less stressful. They stop acting like men's accessories and we all have a great time."

In June this year Anna won the Indie Porn Pioneer award at the Feminist Porn Awards in Toronto, Canada. Anna flew out to attend the awards not knowing she had been nominated and was thrilled to come home with award. "It's a glass butt plug on a plinth!" she laughs.

One motto Anna lives by is that of the late French psychologist Jacques Lacan: "He said that whatever gives you pleasure gives you power and I think you have to be honest about it." Clearly Anna is in a job that gives her and many other women much pleasure.

Click on one of the DVD's below to buy them from Ann Summers:

Pound A Punnet Hug A Hoodie Hand of the Law Hoxton Honey

Anna's top tips for making your own porn video:

Relax! It's your video so do want you want and only what you're feel comfortable with

All women in a scene should take turns at using the video camera so it looks as realistic as possible

If you are shy about doing a scene then create a character (images of Corky the plumber from Bound spring to mind) so you can focus on what the character would do and say

Make an effort to get the right clothes and accessories including toys so you don't interrupt the flow of the scene

Do a dry run of the scene beforehand, knowing where the camera will be and what the lighting looks like on film, and where the sex will take place (i.e. a quickie in the hall)

As much as possible put the camera on automatic so you don't have to worry about it when you have other more pressing matters at hand

Finally, before the shoot get you and the other woman/women involved to sign a consent declaration that you both/all own the video and it is not for public use

Leave a comment letting us know what you think of porn and if you were a director what you would you differently.

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Posted by Joyce, at 01:32 on Fri, Aug 17th

I can't agree more. I thoroughly enjoy wctnhiag porn with my wife and usually fast forward through the girl/girl scenes out of respect for her. For me it kills the mood out of concern for what is going through her mind. As a man though I would have to say one naked female is a turn on. Two is twice the turn on. And so on, and so on simply because they are of the opposite sex and in the nude. But when it comes to hetero couples and porn, I would prefer to keep it boy/girl. Leave the girl/girl and boy/boy to their own dedicated titles.Which brings up another similar topic for me. Why can't web sites do the same. If I want to share a website with my wife, it's most always about the girls or gay guys? Where's a site with content like Fleshbot or Sexoteric that features straight girls, boys and couples?And keep up the good work. I've just recently found you and love your site.

Posted by claire, at 22:49 on Mon, Jan 26th

I love, Anna,s dvds they turn me and my hubby on. Nice 1 Anna lol xx

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