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Centrepiece screening

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

The private life of a renowned gay porn legend is laid bare in this intimate and insightful documentary.

Dir Tomer Heymann
Prod Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann
With Jonathan Agassi, Anna Langer
Sales AUTLOOK Filmsales

When a fresh-faced Jonathan Agassi hit the international gay porn scene in the late 2000s, he blew everyone else out of the water. Nothing short of a sensation, Agassi experienced a meteoric rise to fame, quickly becoming one of the most popular and prolific adult superstars in the business. Dividing his time between Berlin and Tel Aviv, Agassi supports his film career with live porn shows and escort work, making claims to have the best job in the world. But Agassi the performer and Agassi the person are two very different entities, and his euphoric professional highs are frequently countered by crushing personal lows. Bolstered by the unconditional support of his mother Anna, Agassi questions the nature of his fame and interrogates his self-destructive tendencies as he searches for a sense of happiness that continues to elude him. In his latest documentary, acclaimed filmmaker Tomer Heymann (Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? BFI Flare 2016) paints a fascinating portrait of a young man wrestling with loneliness, addiction and childhood traumas, and offers a probing, but never damning, insight into an industry that seems to promise so much.

Michael Blyth

This screening is strictly over 18s only

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