Hackney Empire
Tue 14 Jun 2022
8:35 pm - 9:20 pm
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Pleasure tour and Q and A

This show has multiple captioned performances, to see other dates in the run click here

PLEASURE screening and Q&A with Ninja Thyberg image

See Ninja Thyberg’s groundbreaking PLEASURE first!
We’ll be at Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton on Monday 13 June at 8.30pm for a special preview of PLEASURE. Following the screening we’ll be in conversation with the director Ninja Thyberg. Hosted by Birds Eye View’s Impact Producer for the South East, Rui Jin. The Q&A will be live captioned.
Bella Cherry – née Linnéa (Sophia Kappel), a fresh-faced 19-year-old from a small Swedish town, determined to be the next adult-film star, takes us on an immersive journey of safewords, coercion, kindness, brutality, and bondage – beneath the halogen lit sets of L.A’s porn industry. A natural networker, self-promoter and performer, Bella Cherry’s (social media) stock soon rises, resulting in betrayal and broken friendships – a sacrifice she is willing to make to be taken on by the top agency in town.
Pleasure is a provocative and unflinching female insider’s view of the porn industry. The gaze is non-judgemental revealing the inner workings of a business that is dominated by men and where ruthless ambition, a command of social media and the ability to handle extreme scenes is the path to success. By turns unsettling, moving and mundane, the film’s great strength is its authenticity and how it humanises an industry that constructs a false reality of sex. Pleasure rarely comes into it.
The film has descriptive subtitles.
Content Guidance: 
This film contains scenes with strong drug use and some violent sex scenes, references and depictions of rape and sexual violence. It also contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy.