Preaching to the Perverted
created by Stuart Urban
A director who manages to capture the unleashed, sweaty, extremely sexual atmosphere of the most intense fetish-SM-techno parties on film has, in my eyes, achieved something of a miracle. But Stuart Urban has not only managed this miracle perfectly, he also embeds the intense party scenes in a story full of biting British humor, illuminating the path of the initially completely awkward protagonist with a lot of heart and wink.
When I saw "Preaching to the Perverted" for the first time, I was just about to take my first steps towards techno fetish party queen Caroline R. Ubber - and completely electrified and fascinated. It wasn't until years later that I experienced an almost equally intense real party at Wasteland in Amsterdam - although unfortunately the world behind the scenes was still closed to me at the time.
Dominatrix "Mistress Tanya Cheeks" is the mistress of the "HOUSE OF TWHAX", a "freak show" of extremely intense fetishists, and stages fetish SM parties with it that far outshine anything seen and experienced before.
When she makes a permanent guest appearance with her show in an S&M club in London, this calls fanatically religious, arch-conservative politicians onto the scene, who want to bring Mistress Tanya to court and behind bars. In order to find evidence that the "heinous" tortures", "humiliations" by no means take place in mutual consent, but represent "abuse", they want to infiltrate the naive attractive Peter into the party scene to collect evidence.
The male virgin actually manages to attract the interest of the Mistress online and to get a personal invitation behind the scenes. And he himself probably least expected that what he experiences there will turn him into a completely new person - who miraculously frees himself and others from fears and demons.
"Preaching to the Perverted" plays lustfully, lovingly, but never clichéd with the set pieces of intense fetish and S&M fantasies and really leaves nothing out or hidden. Through the eyes of the naive Peter, smuggled by religious zealots into the wildly disreputable world of the "Perverted" People, one experiences at first fears and disgust that the strange world triggers in many "Vanillas".
When Peter then falls more and more for the extraordinarily charming "Mistress Tanya Cheeks", he goes through a ride of sexual ecstasies, humiliations, love pain, insecurities and finally his entire previous world view shatters; I don't want to give away more in the process.
"Preaching to the Perverted" surprises again and again with fascinating twists and surprises, without ever becoming unrealistic or. And the twists and turns that some of the protagonists go through are as intense as they are lovingly and sensitively portrayed.
And Stuart Urban also makes one thing very clear: perverts are not the wildly colorful party people with huge hearts, but the bigoted, ossified phrase-mongering members of conservative, "normal" upscale society who want to impose their pseudo-moral "values" on everyone.
All images © Cyclops Vision & PTTP Films
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Why I of all people write a blog about passion, sex and everything around it? Because until a few years ago I myself was still incredibly clueless, preferred to put myself in cuddly dream worlds and was a sweet, yet inconspicuous sexually almost completely inexperienced cutey.