Liam Cole – part of the controversial TIM clan and British director has posted a series of scenes from his latest film – Wild Breed on his blog. The latest set are from the ‘Woodland Cruising’ scene. Cole summarises the scene below:

‘Treasure Island Media’s slogan is, “Documenting male sexuality in the 21st century.” Never has that been more true than in this scene. Hampstead Heath is the UK’s most famous cruising ground. For decades men have met here for anonymous sex under cover of the forest. I took my camera down there one evening to try to document what goes on.’

It is a rare example of the cruising space being ‘documented’. There’s been an explosion (pardon the pun) in dogging porn films but gay society with it’s very different history of cruising and cottaging seems to have been less active in generating porn in this area. The pictures are (perhaps obviously) NSFW so if you’re easily (or moderately) offended, don’t look here. The actual scene is compelling. I like the way men are depicting leaving at various points – there is a subtlety of behaviour in these moments that has proved difficult to document. It’s worth a look for anyone interested in public sex and sexual identity/politics. Of course, it’s probably also good if you just want a wank.

In a wonderful twist, the footage had previously appeared as part of an art installation – produced with Matt Lippiatt. You can see shots of the installation at the MRA Project Space in London here. Nothing to frighten the horses. There’s also a video of the event which includes some of the footage (called ‘Nightcruising).

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