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Being Kurdy

Kurdy appears to be just a regular 60 year old married man. When he’s not working or doing jobs around the house for his wife, he has, what would be deemed by some, as a very unusual pastime. He has been a masochist for over 30 years with a particular penchant for being beaten and abused by beautiful women. The film will explore how he got into this kink as well as telling the tale of an ordinary man with an extraordinary pastime.

  • Cathie Sutton
    Reclaim Brixton, FreshLife, Divided
  • Cathie Sutton
    Reclaim Brixton, FreshLife, Divided
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 58 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
  • Sheffield Documentary Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    July 20, 2017
Director Biography - Cathie Sutton

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Director Statement

In 2013 I undertook a HND in Creative Media Production and instantly knew I wanted to change my career path. Making a couple of films cemented my determination to become a producer/director and continue on my journey towards becoming a professional filmmaker.

So onto the film; Being Kurdy (2016).
I like unusual people and have a fascination about their lives.
I discovered the world of BDSM back in 2011 and met Kurdy at a club. We became good friends and I loved the fact this seemingly ordinary guy had such an extreme hobby. That same year the book 50 Shades of Grey was selling like hotcakes, followed by a wealth of documentaries looking at alternative sexual practices. I was so disappointed about the representation of BDSM and the people who enjoyed it. Most of them portrayed the participants as freaks and you only had to look at twitter during the programmes to see how BDSM was viewed by Joe Public, these were people to be judged and poked fun at. By 2015 I was already formulating ideas for a documentary around this subject.
The theme of Being Kurdy is to show that outside of BDSM these people are no different from everybody else.
When I first approached Kurdy about making this film he wasn’t sure as he was concerned about how he would be viewed. Fortunately because he knew I understood about the world of BDSM he agreed.
It was important for me to show viewers, who had no understanding of kink, a side of BDSM they may not have seen before. I wanted them to think about their own views on the subject and hopefully challenge any negative stereotypes they may have formed from watching sensationalised.
I am very proud of this film and thankful I had the opportunity to make it.