Anna Span

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Anna Arrowsmith
Born 1972
Kent
Nationality British
Other names Anna Span
Website
http://www.annaspansdiary.com/

Anna Arrowsmith (born 1972 in Kent), who works under the pseudonym Anna Span, is an English pornographic film director.[1] She makes frequent public appearances, speaking on sex, pornography and feminism,[2] though not without significant opposition from feminists.[3]

Early life[edit]

She was born and raised in Kent, the daughter of finance director Clive Thompson. She is a graduate of the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in BA (hons) Fine Art (Film & Video).[1] Her films are female-friendly based on her ideas first outlined in her 1997 dissertation 'Towards a New Pornography'.[4] She later graduated with a MA in Philosophy from Birkbeck University and is currently studying a PhD in Gender Studies at Sussex University, titled "Rethinking Misogyny: How Men Experience Women to have Power in Dating Relationships".[4]

Career[edit]

She had her first film aired in 1999 on UK porn channel Television X and has made over 250 scenes to date.[4]

Her films focus on women enjoying sex including lesbian sex and heterosexual sex, with some bisexual sex. Other themes include sex toys, everyday objects (such as a chocolate bar or orange) being used as sex aids, threesomes, group sex and gang bangs. Role playing and fantasy are also common. Sometimes a character from one of her films appears in another. There is a big emphasis on reality both in script and actor performances. In her films she includes a much higher than average percentage of shots which look at the men,[citation needed] which she has termed 'female point of view' shots.

Arrowsmith was the 2007/8 and 2008/9 Best Director at the UK Adult Film & TV Awards, where she also won four other awards for her DVD "Hug a Hoodie". She won Best British Film Brand at The UK's trade awards - the ETO Awards in 2008. In 2007 she won 'Indie Porn Pioneer 'and in 2011 'Best Bi Movie' at The International Emma Feminist Porn Awards, in Toronto. Her film Be My Toy Boy was nominated for best Film at the 2009 ETO Awards.[4]

After a shorter documentary aired on Channel 4 earlier in her career, in September 2007, she was the focus of a TV documentary entitled "Sex Films For Girls", made by Five, which captured her views on pornography and her film approach and featured on-set filming during the making of a film. Her father also appeared in the documentary, expressing a negative view of pornography but a very supportive view of his daughter.

She identifies sexually as bisexual.[5] and has said, "I'm bi and looking at two women together turns me on."[6]

She has given talks about pornography and feminism in various countries, for example at universities or film festivals [4] and has won debates on pornography against Germaine Greer and Gail Dines, among others.[7] Anna runs a campaign website called WeConsent.org on behalf of the people who work in the various sex industries against the various moral panics aimed at them and their industries. She has been a regular columnist of The Daily Sport newspaper, The Guardian newspaper [8] and the British women's sex magazine Scarlet. She has been an active member of Feminists Against Censorship since the late 1990s.[4] Anna has also appeared on various TV programmes and press such as Newsnight,[7] The Today Programme, PM and Woman's Hour, defending the porn industry.

List of Films
Title Year Notes
Eat Me/Keep Me 1999 First film
Pound a Punnet 2003 Street market theme
Uniform Behaviour 2003 Uniform fetish
Toy With Me 2003
Take This Down 2004
Hoxton Honey 2004 Set in Hoxton area of London
A and O Department 2005 Medical fetish
Hand of the Law 2006 Police
Hug a Hoodie 2007 Working class/chav/hoodie theme
Southwark Sugar 2007 Set in Southwark area of London
Be My Toy Boy 2009

United Kingdom general election, 2010[edit]

Arrowsmith was the Liberal Democrat candidate for Gravesham in Kent for the 2010 general election.[9] Conservative Adam Holloway held on to the seat by a considerable margin; Arrowsmith increased the Liberal Democrat vote share by nearly one third compared to the previous Lib Dem election results and by more than the regional average, but remained in third place behind Labour.[10]

She explained her move into politics in The Observer.[11] Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said "It's not exactly my cup of tea what she's been doing before she has put herself forward in parliament but I also think it's really important that people like her who really care a lot about her local area are encouraged to come into politics. You can't accuse her of being a cardboard cut-out Westminster politician."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wilkes, David (12 March 2010). "'From porn to Parliament': Woman adult film-maker to be election candidate (surprise, surprise, she's a Lib Dem)". London: www.dailymail.co.uk. Archived from the original on 14 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  2. ^ Anna Span, ShowStudio, retrieved 2007-09-17 
  3. ^ Emine Saner (5 March 2011). "Can sex films empower women?". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "About Anna". Anna Arrowsmith. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  5. ^ AJ (2007-01-24), Anna Span, Strictlynews.com, archived from the original on 14 October 2007, retrieved 2007-09-17 
  6. ^ "interview". Lovegirls.co.uk. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  7. ^ a b "Videos". Anna Arrowsmith. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Anna Arrowsmith". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  9. ^ Female porn director to fight Parliament seat in Kent, BBC, 2010-03-12 
  10. ^ 2010 Election Results: Gravesham, BBC, 2010-05-11 
  11. ^ "Why I've gone from porn to politics, Anna Arrowsmith ''The Observer'', Sunday 14 March 2010". London: Guardian. 2010-03-14. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  12. ^ Mulholland, Helene (2010-03-12). "Nick Clegg defends former porn director standing for Lib ''The Guardian'', Friday 12 March 2010". London: Guardian. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 

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