Rob Eagle, GB, 2019
72 min., OmeU
It’s 1965. Homosexuality is still illegal in Britain. The gay liberation movement is yet in its infancy. However, things are about to change. In the documentary 69, director Rob Eagle is telling the story of the Sixty Nine Club, Europe’s oldest social group for gay leathermen. Officially founded as ‘motorcycle club’ to escape legal prosecution, this club was a place where gay men could celebrate hyper-masculinity in leather and fetish, including BDSM. Based on home movies and colorful interviews with the endearing members, the film explores the rich history of the club from the beginnings through the AIDS crisis till now – thus narrating an important chapter of British gay history. ‍Original members of the Sixty Nine Club, in cooperation with LMC Vienna.
The Porn Film Festival Vienna was brought into existence in 2018, and started with posing an easy (yet strangely hard to answer) question: "What is porn?" 2019 sees the festival return on 4-8 April, still with the challenging objective to showcase and celebrate the colorful diversity of porn, and stimulate an open, societal debate. Its mission is to bring a genre back into the public sphere of the cinema that is usually locked away in private quarters. Its prime directive is to present the creativity and political possibilities of a defining (yet always hidden) part of society. The goal is to challenge prejudices and stereotypes.

The festival offers a film and theory program that breaks the monotony boring cheesy mainstream porn - to proudly presents feminist, queer & LGBTIQ* positions. The Porn Film Festival Vienna wants to create an open and welcoming space for reception, discussion, and reflection and to challenge and broaden horizons. Because porn can be: lustful, honest, friendly and self-determined! The festival's second edition will take place April 4-8 2019 in various venues in Vienna. It will devote itself extensively to the daring question: "What is shame?"

Tickets: https://www.pffv.at/tickets