Since Dreams of Spanking launched, I've been impatient to edit and release The Victorian Brothel. I chose the image of me over Tom's knee, wearing bloomers and a corset, as the homepage header image back when I designed the site in the summer of 2011. I always intended to create a rotating gallery of images on that header, showing a wider variety of scenes, but somehow I never found time.
I was incredibly proud of this film when we shot it. This was my second ever shoot as producer/director, a day with Zille Defeu, her husband Duncan, our friend Jay, Tom and me. The first Dreams of Spanking shoot had just been me, Jay and Tom. Those early shoots were a steep learning curve for me.
Until The Victorian Brothel, every scene was a crash course in new aspects of filming that I had to work out from scratch. There was a lot of stopping and starting. Trying to juggle the mental demands of directing with the physical and emotional challenges of bottoming on camera, I found it hard to avoid getting stressed. But The Victorian Brothel was our final scene of the day, and it was the first scene I'd produced that felt like it went well at the time. With Duncan, Zille and Jay behind the camera, Tom and I got into character and the roleplay flowed. It felt as natural as the roleplay scenes we played in private. Trusting our friends to capture our live improvisation, I was able to immerse myself in the scenario, get fully into character, and surrender to the beating without having to balance that headspace with other, more technical concerns. As a result I was able to take a much harder spanking, paddling and caning than I usually can while performing/directing, and I was really happy about it.
That was over seven years ago, in early December 2009. The reason I didn't edit this film before the site launched, along with the other two scenes we shot that day - Caned in Jodhpurs and Liberated Ladies of the Jazz Age - is simple. The Victorian Brothel was originally written as part of a series of films entitled The Adventures of Molly Brown. I'd written several episodes of it; this was the fourth chapter in the story. I hadn't had a chance yet to shoot episodes one to three, but the shoot with Zille and Tom was a perfect opportunity to shoot the episode in which my character meets his for the first time. I very much intended to shoot the others at some point, however; and I wanted to wait and release them in story order.
Sadly, I never got a chance to film the backstory. Episodes one, two and three fell by the wayside. And when I realised that the age verification policy in the Digital Economy Bill was going to put a cut-off point on my ability to keep the site alive in its current form, I finally accepted that I wasn't going to get the chance to shoot them any time soon. Meanwhile, I'm trying to release as much of the content I care about while the site is still legal in the UK.
So Molly Brown's story starts here: with her first appointment with a new customer in Mrs Slater's brothel. An urchin who grew up in the streets and the workhouse, Molly was sent out to work for various undesirable trades, but somehow always found herself sent back to face the the steely glare - and the hard leather strap - of the beadle. When Mrs Slater turned up to see if he had any new girls for her, he packed her off to the brothel - and Molly's life entered a new chapter.
Scrubbed to within an inch of her life, Molly began her transformation into a girl Mrs Slater's customers might find appealing. She earned her share of licks from the madame, too; but it was nothing compared to the beadle's strong right arm. When Mrs Slater saw how well Molly took her punishment, she thought to send her to one of her more eccentric clients, a gent with a predilection for administering corporal punishment to the plump bare bottoms of comely wenches. Molly lacked the elegance and accomplishment of other girls, but she was resilient and quick-witted, and Mrs Slater saw the potential to train her up to please her more unusual clientele.
Molly took well to Mrs Slater's training, and was finally declared ready to meet her first customer. But although Molly is no stranger to taking a beating, she still is not particularly inclined to behave submissively. Sparks fly between her and the gent as he tries to bend her to his will, and her quick tongue and stubborn nature get her into more trouble than she'd bargained for.
So that's Molly's backstory. You never know, it's not impossible I might be able to shoot the previous episodes sometime in the future - although perhaps I'll look too different by the time the stars align, and I have affordable access to the venues and cast I need. In the meantime I think this scene stands well enough on its own. Although I can tell you now that the next chapter has also been shot, and will be released in the coming weeks, starring myself, Tom, and a new character played by Leia Ann Woods...
Coming back to this film to edit it, seven years after it was filmed, was a weird experience. Tom and I split up three years ago, and it was very strange to watch us on camera. I almost felt like I was watching someone else; and yet in other ways seeing us together all those years ago felt very real, and very personal.
I remember writing this scene for us to play. Although Tom plays a very overbearing, bullying character, and to the uninitiated perhaps this scene might be edgy enough to seem non-consensual, I can tell you for certain that this scenario was my fantasy, and performing it was an authentic act of self-expression. But it was fascinating and somewhat dissonant to watch this recording, a piece of my own personal history, and reflect on how much has changed since then.
There are some aspects of this film that I would definitely do differently nowadays. For instance, the way that Tom's patriarchal character throws around the word "whore" makes me wince, now, as an advocate of sex workers' rights who is fighting against stigma and whorephobia. These days I would seriously consider before I took on the role of a historical sex worker, but back then I didn't think twice.
Editing this, I had the opportunity to reflect on how far Dreams of Spanking has come - not only politically, but technically. The Victorian Brothel was shot before I knew to record audio separately from the cameras, or to use face lights. It was a frustrating edit in some ways, as I struggled to salvage a legible soundtrack from two cameras that both had audio isses - one picking up a lot of wind noise (from where I have no idea, given we were indoors), the other plagued by mechanical clicks and whirrs from the operation of the camera. But I feel like I've managed to massage it into a shape that communicates my vision, hopefully without too many technical distractions. I hope you'll forgive any that remain.
For me, the power of this film comes from the interaction between the characters. It's a hard corporal punishment scene, both physically and emotionally - the intensity brings me/Molly to tears towards the end. But not only is the spanking itself severe, the atmosphere of the scene is rife with tension. The scenario unfolds as a battle of wills between a cruel gentleman with particular tastes, and a spirited wench who doesn't know when to keep her mouth shut. I certainly took more strokes, and harder, than if Molly Brown had been submissive than rebellious. But I loved it.
Life has moved on since Tom and I filmed this scene. We are no longer together, and there have been many changes for both me and Dreams of Spanking. But this film holds a special place in my heart. It shows what Tom and I did best - hard, accurate spanking that pushes me to my limits, quick-witted dialogue, sparks flying between two strong characters, and Tom's trademark brand of elegant, articulate dominance.
When I filmed this scene, it seemed to encapsulate everything I wanted to achieve with Dreams of Spanking: immersive roleplay between real life partners, lush costumes and locations, and imaginative historical settings with a quirky sense of humour and a rich attention to detail. That was why I chose a still from this scene as our banner image - and why, although much has changed since then, I'm still very pleased to share it with the world.
Despite containing nakedness, over the knee spanking and hard caning, there is something almost innocent in these images. Maybe it's the Victorian setting, or Pandora's white flouncy underskirt. Whatever it is, it really gives this scene a romantic air that I love. It's a sort of nostalgia for a time I only know from books and films.
The Victorian Brothel starring Pandora Blake and Thomas Cameron is a gorgeous sepia photoset that manages to perfectly capture a sort of mentor/protegee experience. I think the slightly cheeky but nervous smile on Pandora's face as she looks up at him is one of the things that make me think of the asymmetrical power dynamic between a strict teacher and student who is eager to impress.
There is an innocence in the photos of Pandora as a Victorian wench getting ready to meet (and please) her new client. I love the image of her kneeling at his feet; the way her hands are tucked under her bottom, and she is looking at the floor but still turned towards him, and the smile on his face as he sits relaxed. It holds possibility; his hand resting on his knee looks like all he has to do is lift a finger and he will be touching her breast. It’s powerful; charged with sensual tension but not overtly erotic…and despite not being submissive, I find I can’t decide if I want to be on the floor or in the chair.
The sequence of photographs where Pandora is showing herself off for Thomas is fascinating. There is an air of confidence but also uncertainty. It conveys the feeling that she is proud of her body but not quite sure if the person she is showing off for approves. Even when she is laid over his knee she seems confused by his lack of apparent response to her charms - which makes her reaction to the first spank so delightful...
I love the careful way Thomas explores her; lifting her skirt, parting her white bloomers, stroking her bum, and skimming past her more delicate area before teasing with a finger, as if he is testing her readiness. The way he lines up the paddle while Pandora tenses, her face crunched as she prepares for the first impact of leather.
I think my favourite image in this set is the one of the cane impacting on Pandora’s bare bottom. The pose, composition, the way the heels lift her bare bottom, and the stocking tops frame the ‘impact zone’. I love how the cane is pressing into her flesh, bending slightly with the force of the stroke. Plus, it is a very lovely bottom, especially with that pattern of bruised stripes across it. It’s an image I have gone back to more than once.
Finally her punishment is over, and Thomas gathers Pandora on his knee. There is something really sexy about the way Pandora bites her lip as Thomas bites her nipple. The way he has her arms pinned behind her back just adds to the feeling. This is a really hot image, that gave me all the right kind of shivers. The film that goes with this photoset has just been released, and I can't wait to watch it because I think it will be hot hot hot.
The last image in the set reminds me of those collectable cards you used to get in cigarette packet, of the sexy ladies in their underwear. It has that air about it, Victorian pin-up perfection.
This is an elegant, evocative photoset with so many beautiful images in it. Which is your favourite?
My film about feminist submission, self-pleasure and spanking fantasies, My Inner Little Girl, will be screened at the Cinekink festival on Saturday 1 March, at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. I won't be able to attend the screening but if you want to go and tell me how it went, you can register a ticket here.
Two young lovers find themselves caught in flagrante delicto by a master magician - and he isn't impressed. After thrashing his apprentice for failing to rein in his passions, Master Finlay informs Sophie that she has untrained magical ability, and must learn to control it or she will put herself and others in danger. He offers to take her on as his second apprentice. Sophie can't believe her good fortune - her old life was not worth clinging to, and she accepts the opportunity gladly, even though it means undergoing to a painful initiation ceremony.
I've always loved the idea of sacred or ceremonial kink; the use of blindfolds, restraints, whipping and flogging in magical ritual. There's something deliciously objectifying about being a ritual object or a sacrifice to the gods, body mortified to raise power for a higher cause.
On the other hand, blindfolds and flogging can play a part in an initiation ceremony or a rite of passage, where the focus of attention is very much on the celebrant - as with the ritual conducted to mark Sophie's initiation into the path of magical learning. Either way, this is about using pain and sensory deprivation to achieve an altered state of consciousness.
Now that she is officially subject to the magician's authority, Sophie must learn to control her passions and her powers. To teach her this lesson Master Finlay straps her bottom soundly with a razor strop of worn, thick leather.
But even the pain of Sophie's punishment - or the chores she is set afterwards - do not diminish her joy at finally finding a place where she belongs.
I'm not sure how I didn't notice, but I realised on Tuesday that since we updated the site's content management software a couple of weeks ago, there were some problems with registering new accounts. I'm really sorry I didn't notice sooner. I immediately reported the issue to D and he fixed it straight away, so the sign-up process is now fully functional again. At the same time, we also fixed a related bug with our contact form. If you've been trying to create an account and not been having much luck, please do try again as the problem has now been fixed.
It's possible there might still be other bugs we haven't spotted yet, so if you run across anything that doesn't seem right, please do get in touch and let us know so we can fix it.
So now there's nothing to stop you signing up to have a look at our two latest videos - and I promise you that both of them are very much worth it. First up we have a classic historical fantasy starring stunning spankee Lola Marie. It has already proved extremely popular with our members and if you click to view the free photos and video trailer, you'll see why!
Lola Marie is the scholarship girl at a Victorian school founded to educate promising young women. She works hard and tries to behave herself, but the rules are very strict and she keeps breaking them without meaning to. Normally she is clever or lucky enough to not get caught, but this time she's really done it. She has formed a close friendship with one of the grooms from the stables, and they have been caught together. Lola finds herself standing in front of the schoolmistress Miss Blake, facing the ultimate sanction - corporal punishment.
Our most recent film is another historical punishment scenario - this time a traditional boarding school story with a twist. Here the schoolboy is the son of the Headmaster, who thrashes him in the empty school of the summer holidays. Michael Darling is super hot as the bratty young man, and his peachy bottom is to die for!
As the son of the Headmaster, Michael is the only one left at school after all the other boys have gone home. As he prepares for University, his father has one last surprise in store. Michael is told he will be punished for a term-time prank - even though he and the others have already been caned. His father refused to give Michael any special treatment during his time at school, but he has always had higher expectations of his own boy. Now term is over, the Head proposes to punish Michael again, this time as a man who should know better. It won't therefore be the cane again, but the instrument of judicial correction appropriate to a young man, which Thomas himself endured as a boy: the birch.
This was Michael's first ever birching, and his last scene of the day - always a good time to try something a bit more intense. He was curious to try the birch, but he wasn't sure whether or not he would be able to take it, so we decided to build in a scene which gave him the choice to back out once he'd found out what it felt like. (Before we started filming I took a stroke with this birch to test it and make sure there weren't any sharp edges or anything. It felt fine, and in fact I enjoyed it so much that I asked for some more strokes with it during a photoset at the end of the afternoon!)
We decided to give Michael two strokes initially so he could see what it felt like, and then the choice between a further ten with the birch or fifteen with the cane. We would have been happy either way, but in the end, he opted for the birch. This twelve stroke birching was pretty serious, and he took it brilliantly - well enough to make his in-scene father proud.
Our latest scenario is our first historical punishment fantasy to feature boys and girls spanked together. Like most of our Victoriana and Edwardiana, it also combines class politics, lavish costumes and the frustrated desires of spirited young ladies.
Caroline and Amelia are young companions living together at Amelia's house, under the care of her father and household staff. Their adventurous natures have got them into trouble before with Amelia's stuffy governess, Miss Blake.
Miss Blake is only a couple of years older than the girls, and used to be their friend and confidant, but lately she has grown determined to curb their rebellious tendencies and shape them into well-mannered young ladies fit for society. Until the girls are married, they are subject to Miss Blake's authority, and given their distate for the eligible gentlemen Amelia's father would choose for them, that day seems a long way off.
Invitations begins with our heroines working mischief upon a forthcoming dinner party, swapping the rightful invitations for ones of their own devising, and replacing Mr Rutherford's chosen guests with young gentlemen they like better.
They enlist Will, one of the footmen, to help deliver the counterfeit invitations. Unfortunately he is intercepted by Miss Blake, who happens to be his cousin, before he can leave the house. She discovers the plot and marches him back indoors, where he and the girls must account for their behaviour.
Disappointed that the discipline she has previously administered has clearly had no good effect, Miss Blake threatens to inform Mr Rutherford about the attempted sabotage to his dinner party, which will inevitably result in Caroline being sent away. The girls beg her not to tell him. Still, Miss Blake is adamant that such disgraceful disobedience must be punished, and insists that instead each girl must receive twelve strokes of the cane from her.
Although Miss Blake has long been the girls' friend and companion, they now see another side of her. She is responsible for their behaviour, and is determined to correct it, no matter what it takes. She will ensure that they never dare attempt such outright rebellion again.
Once the girls have been thoroughly disciplined, Miss Blake turns her attentions to her young cousin, Will. She was glad to be able to find him a place in the household, and knows that her aunt and uncle cannot afford for him to lose his position. She also knows that this is exactly what must happen if she reports his behaviour, as she knows she should; and that if she were discovered to be covering for him, both their jobs would be forfeit. She therefore has no choice but to discipline him as she has the girls, if he will accept it from her; after all, although a woman, she is his older cousin, and senior to him in the household.
Will knows he has erred in letting the young ladies draw him into their conspiracy, and humbly submits to correction from Miss Blake in the form of six strokes of the cane.
This was an intense scene to film, at the end of two exhilarating days shooting on location. Cold canings are notoriously hard to take, and I didn't hold back. When I came to edit this video I winced to watch myself deliver these strokes, and felt full of sympathy for poor Amelia, Caroline and Will, all of whom took it brilliantly. Their performances captured the emotional nuance and intensity of this fantasy, and it's an honour to work with three such talented actors.
Sometimes I look at a picture and think: yes, this is the porn I always wanted to make. If you went back in time and showed the above photo to my eight year old self, you would blow her mind. Scenarios like this are right at the core of my kink, and have had meaning for me my whole life. I feel so blessed to be able to tell these stories that have always held such power for me, and to express my innermost fantasies on film. The implementation is far from perfect, of course - authentic period drama is hard on a low budget - but it improves with every shoot. I hope you will bear with the imperfections, and that the emotional intensity and drama of this Edwardian fantasy is as powerful for you as it is for me.
Hands up who likes Victorian spanking? Yeah, me too. I grew up on a diet of literature set in the age of corsets and crinolines, workhouses and debtors' jails. Back in my goth days Victoriana was my costume of choice, and my collection of camisoles, petticoats and split-crotch bloomers has served me well in spanking videos ever since.
There's something about a pair of bloomers: the way they billow out at the hips and nip in at the knee; the combination of the modesty of long underwear with the titillating potential of that oh-so-practical slit. Bent over for punishment, the opening parts to frame the bottom beautifully, and the white cotton provides a striking contrast to reddened buttocks.
Victorian spanking scenes are hard to execute - most producers don't have the budget for historical sets and costumes, and my own attempts have been far from perfect. I'm not really a pedant when it comes to details - as long as it has the right atmosphere and there aren't any glaring anachronisms, I'm happy. As such I'm always delighted to see someone else producing something that looks good and feels authentic.
These latest galleries from imaginative, woman-led film site Spanking Sarah are beautiful, evocative, and very hot.
Starring Clover Rock, brand new spanking model Lizzie, and Lizzie's unnamed but very dashing husband, this is a three part series chronicling the punishment of a pair of maids by a cruel master. A lot of care clearly went into the set and costumes, and I think the results are gorgeous. Click on the photos to view more Victorian spanking erotica from Spanking Sarah.
In other news, Tim has written a very positive six-month review of Dreams of Spanking in which he refers to us, among other things, as "the Penguin Classics of spanking sites". Now there's a line to go on our business cards! Thanks for the review, Tim.