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Brent Corrigan Travels FromPorn To The Mainstream (AndBack Again)

Sitting in a Sydney hotel room with porn stars (and boyfriends) Brent Corrigan and JJ Knight, as well as the legendary Sister Roma and Producer/DJ Chi Chi La Rue, it’s immediately clear that I’m about to be schooled on gay pornography.

The group of personalities are in Australia judging a local porn-star competition and promoting Corrigan’s latest film, Ultra Fan, which sees Corrigan sit in the director’s seat.


Brent Corrigan

“The story is about this person who gets hijacked during a live cam show and is blackmailed into doing everything under the sun to prove that he’s willing to come back to porn at a time when he’s not so sure he wants to,” Corrigan, who is clearly passionate about his work, explains.

The quartet aren’t short of opinions when it comes to the stigma that exists around the adult industry – pointing to films like The Brown Bunny which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and featured Chloë Sevigny performing oral sex on a costar.

“I believe that creatives working in the adult industry are just as valuable as those in the mainstream,” says La Rue. “It just happens to be actual fucking.”

Corrigan, who has ventured beyond adult films, starring in Milk (2008), Judas Kiss (2011) and Triple Crossed (2013), says he was often expected to perform sex in mainstream films


Sister Roma

“We were racking ourselves as filmmakers to make, direct, sell and distribute non-porn films only to get out and have them packaged as porn,” Corrgian says. “You know, a sexy thriller, a sexy comedy. We just pitted ourselves, our heart and soul for the world to see, only to be turned around and sold like porn.”

“So I thought, why not go back to porn and make good stories in porn?”


Chi Chi La Rue

“It’s one of these things that we’d love to say that we’re going to find ourselves in that arthouse realm, but we have to be honest and we’ve got a product to sell. The number one stream of energy has to go towards the sex.”

“To me, I fast forward through the sex,” La Rue interjects, laughing.

“I like to know what leads up to the sex,” Roma, ‘the most photographed nun in the world’, adds.

“It can be really bad sometimes, but it still works for me. I need to have a story.”

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