‘Green Porno’ & ‘Seduce Me’ by Isabella Rossellini

12 Aug

Green Porno: Snail

Do you like imaginative filmmaking? Paper sculptures? Animals? Sex? Do you think that Isabella Rossellini is a genius? If you answer yes to at least one of those questions, chances are you’ll love Green Porno and Seduce Me. Originally conceived as an experimental series of short films to showcase on The Sundance Channel, Green Porno has grown into a collection of seasons dedicated to exploring animal sexual behaviour, with often informative and humorous effect.

Seduce Me: Dolphin

My first experience of both Green Porno and it’s sister season Seduce Me was at the Natural History Museum’s Sexual Nature Exhibition. This is a fantastic exhibition dedicated to exploring and showing the diversity of sexual behaviour amongst the animal kingdom and Rossellini’s short films sat perfectly alongside the displays. Each two-minute feature is dedicated to a specific creature and is well researched beforehand by Rossellini to ensure accuracy in its information. The content is then scripted, sets and costumes are beautifully created using paper sculptures and puppetry and each segment completed in around a day.

Green Porno: Praying Mantis

Rossellini herself admits that she has always been interested in animal behaviour and so when she was approached by Sundance to do some experimental short films, animals and sex were the first things she thought of. Even she was surprised at how ‘scandalous’ nature actually is! I had always known that sexual behaviour in the animal kingdom was infinitely diverse, including homosexuality, multiple partners, necrophilia, asexuality, incest, monogamy and masturbation (to name a few!). But I genuinely learnt things from the series of films that I had no previous clue about, like the fact that male Dragonfly’s clean out the vagina of the female they are about to mate with to get rid of any sperm deposited from another male before they copulate. Or that Starfish are both sexual and asexual, they can also breed by detaching parts of themselves to grow other Starfish. Snail’s have both a penis and a vagina. Shrimp are born male but grow into females as they get older. A male Bee’s penis plugs the female’s vagina after they have had sex to ensure that no other sperm can get inside. They then lose their penis and end up dying of blood loss.

Seduce Me: Duck

And that really is the beauty in Rossellini’s short films. They are incredibly informative and also ridiculously hilarious to watch, making them easily accessible to scientists, filmmakers, artists and others. If the bluntness of Rossellini’s acting doesn’t get you laughing, than the basic imagery or the beautiful yet crude paper sets and creations will. Want to give porn with an environmental and educational slant a go? Choose Green Porno!

Green Porno: Whale

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