The Porn Factor

Readily available and aggressively marketed online, exposure to hardcore pornography is now mainstream. The classroom or parent talk is now no match for porn – with its endless array of gyrating bodies, offering a quick, easy and anonymous sexual charge. Porn has become the default sexuality educator for young people growing up online.

The Porn Factor takes viewers on a journey of discovery, from regional and urban Australia to the centre of the international porn industry in Los Angeles and back. Through candid interviews with young people, experts and porn industry professionals, The Porn Factor explores how pornography is shaping young people’s sexual expectations and experiences. It brings into compelling focus the 21st century challenges faced by parents, schools and others as they seek to equip young people for a sexuality that is safe, respectful and fully consenting.

  • David Corlett
    Director
    Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography; Return to Bosnia
  • Maree Crabbe
    Director
    Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography
  • David Corlett
    Writer
    Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography
  • Maree Crabbe
    Writer
    Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography
  • Maree Crabbe
    Producer
    Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography
  • David Corlett
    Producer
    Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography; Return to Bosnia
  • Maree Crabbe
    Key Cast
  • Nina Hartley
    Key Cast
  • Larry Flynt
    Key Cast
  • John Stagliano
    Key Cast
  • Mark Spiegler
    Key Cast
  • Dr Neil Malamuth
    Key Cast
  • Dr Anita Elias
    Key Cast
  • Dr Michael Flood
    Key Cast
  • Dr Sharon Cooper
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    50 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 26, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    299,502 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Our Watch Screening
    Melbourne
    Australia
    June 9, 2016
    Australian Premiere
  • Our Watch Walkley Awards
    Sydney
    Australia
    Finalist
Distribution Information
  • Special Broadcasting Service
    Country: Australia
    Rights: Internet, Free TV
  • Kanopy
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: Internet
Director Biography - David Corlett, Maree Crabbe

Maree Crabbe is Co-founder and Director the Australian violence prevention project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality.

She is Co-producer and Co-director of the documentary films Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, broadcast in 12 countries, and The Porn Factor, broadcast in Australia, and author of In The Picture – a resource to support secondary schools to address the influence of explicit sexual imagery.

Maree has contributed to Government curriculum resources, including Respectful Relationships Education and Sexuality Education resources, and to a manual for universities teaching pre-service sexuality education.

Maree has extensive experience working with and for young people. Young people have been the focus of her work for over 25 years. She has developed and delivered programs focusing on sexual violence prevention, sexual diversity, pornography, sexting, and the prevention of sexually transmissible infections. She regularly delivers professional learning, conference presentations and parent education sessions to support people from a wide range of sectors and levels of influence – from policy-makers to people who live and work with young people – to understand pornography’s influence on young people and how it may be addressed.

Maree’s contributions to public conversations about young people, sexuality and pornography include interviews on television and radio, and articles in online and print media.

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Director Statement

My films seek to engage broad audiences as part of wider efforts to build understanding about pornography's unprecedented accessibility and influence, particularly on young people, and how it contributes to the conditions in which violence against women is tolerated, condoned and perpetuated.