If you browse through Erika’s web page, you will find sentences like “Let’s make a porno. But let’s make it different! Let’s make an indie film.” The text continues with “Hi! I’m Erika Lust, indie erotic film director. My films show sex on screen.” So yes, she is what she says she is - a film director who shows sex on screen. You can't say it’s porn, but it is not just a normal indie movie.
Her start though is much more legit than you probably think it is. Erika studied political sciences, feminism, and sexuality at the University of Lund. In the 90’s she came across a book by Linda Williams, Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the Frenzy of the Visible, that changed everything for her. Her first erotic film was The Good Girl that won her a prize at Erotic Film Festival Barcelona (FICEB) straight away. She later founded her own erotic movie production company and was busy filming nonstop. But her ‘biggest’ work to date is probably The XConfessions series. It is the first crowd-sourced project in the history of adult cinema.
XConfessions is a series of movies where Erika invites everyone to share their sexual fantasies and stories with the whole community, and then she selects the most imaginative confessions and turns them into explicit erotic short films. Right now she is filming volume 7 and she has just started working with guest directors for the project. The first being Berlin-based performer and director Paulita Pappel who has directed two films.
Please explain yourself …
I'm Erika Lust, an indie erotic director, mum, business woman and all round film freak.
What did you want to be growing up?
Save the world , working in UN as a diplomat.
Do you make money with your profession, or you have to do something else to support yourself and do all that you do and what we know you about on ‘the side’?
Yes I make money from my profession. From the subscriptions for project XConfessions.com and the sales made in my store and with B2B partnerships.
What is your best and worst attribute?
I'm a perfectionist. I think it's both my best and worst attribute. My partner put up a sign in my office with DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT to remind me to not stress so much!
Where would you most like to live?
Where I live right now. Barcelona.
Who is your hero of fiction?
What is your most treasured possession?
My new megaphone! It's wonderfully loud and acts as a siren! Great for my current shooting which is outdoors to rally the team together!
Which talent would you most like to have?
Dancing better, like my sister....
On what occasion do you lie?
I only ever tell little white lies, mostly to my girls, as parents often do when they are young!
Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
What’s your idea of a dream date?
My partner in lust - Pablo Dobner.
Do you like to watch movies?
Of course but I love series event more - Girls, Game of Thrones - they are awesome.
Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you're going to say?
I do not call anyone, ever... Why? I 've never liked the phone... I was saved by sms and Whatsapp, that's my way of communicating...
What would constitute a perfect day for you?
A beach day in the Mediterranean, a bloody mary, nice food, my girls....
What do you think you will be doing in your 80’s?
Shooting is stressful, and I'm shooting right now....
Favorite place on earth?
Last song you listened?
Zara Larsson - Lush Life - I have 2 young girls!