Sunday, January 25, 2015

ARTPORN...

Grindr, public sex, body types, fetishes, aging, love, and exhibitionism are just some of the elements that London-based Portuguese filmmaker Antonio Da Silva explored in his collection of erotically thrilling short films, which depict the unique ways gay men have sex today.

A few weeks ago, I came across one of his film's trailers online and I was very impressed by it, so I decided to reach out to Da Silva for an exclusive interview and he kindly agreed!




PR8: First of all thanks for doing this special interview with me. So how are you today? And what did you have for breakfast?
Da Silva: My pleasure, I am feeling good, I am looking forward to visit my family an friends this weekend in Porto (Portugal) and my breakfast today was yogurt granola and coffee.

For those who don't know about you, can you give my readers a bit of your background?
I am a Portuguese filmmaker based in London. I have a background in performance and fine arts and my work crosses the borders between cinema, pornography and art.

What's your upbringing like in Portugal?
I was a countryside boy without any contact with the gay world.

So now you are in London, where do you like to hang out, grab food and go for a drink?
For the past 10 years I have always lived in East London so I hang out mostly around Shoreditch and Dalston.

Let's talk about your films. It all started with 'Mates' in 2011. Tell me, how did it all happen, and why?
I started shooting 'Mates' in 2010, at this moment of my life I had just came out from a relationship of 4 years, I was jobless and I just got my first smart phone. So I started to meet lots of men and also started to record most of the encounters.

Okay, this may sound unfair, but which is your favourite so far?
I don't have a favourite but I can say that one of my preferred ones is 'Limanakia'.

I must admit, I love them all! They are like documentaries, not officially, but in a way, that crossover between pornography and art. Would you agree on that?
Totally, we can also say they are ethnographic films or experimental queer cinema.

What and who inspires your works?
Most of the inspiration come from the places I visited and the people I met. I am inspired from the viewers and the people that want to be in my films and artist and filmmakers like Wakefield Poole, Martin Parr, Werner Herzog, Lloyd Newson, Lars Von Trier, David Lynch, and Michel Gondry.

Your latest film is called 'SOLOS'. Hmm, will there be a 'GROUPS' or an 'ORGIES' down the line :P
Yes I am hoping to do DUETS, TRIOS, ORGIES... there will be a sequel!

Ever had an embarrassing moment during a shoot? I guess it must be 'hard' to stay 'soft' (wink wink)
The embarrassing moments of the shootings happen when there are no excitement...

Complete the sentences, "My turn on button is…?"
Turning on the camera and shooting.

And "My guilty pleasure is…?"
Voyeurism.

What's something in your home that'd make a stranger think you are gay? And something that'd make a stranger think you are straight?
(GAY) A statue of the Greek god Zeus in my room.
(STRAIGHT) My storage area.

What's the last movie you've seen?
I saw 'Blue is the Warmest Colour' and I liked it.

Frango Piri Piri or Fish & Chips?
That is a very HARD question if I have to prioritise one of them. So I have to say 50/50!

Describe Antonio Da Silva in FIVE words?
Casual, pervy, workaholic, curious, intuitive and traveler.

What's next for Antonio Da Silva? Maybe a feature length film?
An interactive film especially designed for the web.

And last but not least. Madonna. Yay or nay?
I am very fan of her early works!

To watch the full versions of, and fund the creation of upcoming films by Antonio Da Silva, please visit his website to donate. Thank you!

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