I think it was 2005 when I resolved to document adult cinema, not as a socio-historic phenomenon – which had already been done elsewhere – but as a cinematic genre. As such, the majority of the book – I had always intended the project to culminate in a print book – was to be comprised of 40 – 50 film reviews, with short essays to provide historical context.
In 2007 – incredibly ten years ago, at the time of writing – I shelved the project indefinitely. I had not managed to find a publisher to take the project on and frankly, burn-out had set in. The arrival of this blog does not necessarily change any of that. The available resources are greater now than they were ten years ago thanks to home video labels such as Distribpix and Vinegar Syndrome, and documentarians such as The Rialto Report. My appetite is not what it was though, indeed my interest is not what it was.
I’m not going to make any commitments in terms of completing the original project – indeed, I have yet to even audit the work completed between 2005 and 2007. I do know there were a couple of significant gaps when I downed tools though – The Opening of Misty Beethoven, Chameleons and Les Vampyres to name but three. I also suspect I would be tempted to tinker with the essays, if I ever did decide to return them to the public domain. The reviews that were completed though, I’m happy to share here.