The number of films being shown at Sundance which tell tales of porn, addiction and the sex industry have got industry types claiming this year’s festival theme as “sexual coming-of-age.”
Lovelace, a film starring Amanda Seyfried as porn star Linda Lovelace and Don Jon’s Addiction, about a man overcoming his addiction to porn, are two releases about sex at the festival. Steve Coogan and Stephen Fry star in The Look of Love, a biopic about Soho porn baron Paul Raymond.
Howl actor James Franco is introducing two further films about sex: the documentary kink and S&M film Interior. Leather Bar.
Speaking to Reuters, Sundance’s Director of Programming Trevor Groth said the films indicate a new audience ‘hungry for the taboo of sexuality and sexual relationships’.
There’s arguably more interesting things about these films than the sex aspect. Don Jon’s Addiction is the directorial debut of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who starred in Sundance films Brick (2005) and (500) Days of Summer (2009). The film features Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore alongside Gordon-Levitt, who plays the title role.