Selected Film Reviews by Anne Billson

Part 1: 1989 - 1995

copyright 2012 Anne Billson

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I wrote my first professional film review in 1980, for a short-lived London listings magazine called Event. The film was a porn movie called Insatiable, starring Marilyn Chambers, whom I'd heard of, because a couple of years earlier I'd seen her in David Cronenberg's Rabid, in which she'd developed a bloodsucking phallic growth in her armpit that had been instrumental in turning most of the population of Montreal into flesh-eating zombies.

Alas, there was to be no such excitement in Insatiable, a hardcore film chopped down for the UK softcore market, which meant there was little of interest left; porn superstar John C Holmes was in there, but the reason for his being famous wasn't, not after distributors had finished snipping him down to X-rated acceptability. But I was fascinated by Chambers's pubic hair (trimmed into a shape I described as Mohican, later to become known as a Brazilian) and impressed by the free gin and tonics.

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