This year's Sydney Sexpo was the biggest yet and with a punishing timetable.
Usually we spend the day and part of the evening of Wednesday setting up the show, having a few quiet (sometimes not so quiet) drinks/dinner with all our colleagues who have flown in for the show and then try and get a good sleep before the 4 day show begins. This show we thought, why not add a black tie dinner and film festival into the mix? So the dynamos Sarah Flynn and Emma Wilson went to work. Invites to submit films were sent, invites to attend the dinner were posted and the logistics of holding a dinner in the middle of Sexpo bump in, when traditionally forklifts and cherry pickers are still operating, were overcome.
We also had to overcome the challenge of holding an erotic film festival ina state where making erotic films is illegal. ( My speech on this is in an adjoining blog)
20 mins before the doors opened for the gala dinner Rebecca Lanning, Anne Watson Anna Van Reil, Emma, Sarah and I got changed in back office in under 10 minutes using a pocket mirror to apply make- up, check for VPL and droopy boob. It was pretty impressive that we all managed to look so glamourous. Although Sarah's gorgeous black silk long dress was kept well hidden behind a desk calling the show. Emma, in a bespoke chiffon and silk number looked like she had been dressed by a team of stylists.
Yes it was madness but as they say it was alright on the night. The evening included cocktails, very good food and brilliant stage design by Produce Now who staff donated their time for the event. There were stunning performances from the new candidate for Bradfield, Zahra Stardust and the world star Suzie Q with her extraordinary partner Toby. (See picture gallery) Kissing languidly while hanging from a rope a few metres from the ground and holding onto very little is an amazing skill and no doubt they will soon be taking the world by storm.
WIth international stars Sasha Gray and Monica Mayhem (actually she is one of us- just more famous in the US) there the evening had a real red carpet feel to it.
Russell Gilbert rounded the evening's entertainment by auctioning off some mighty fine wines including a Grange and a1982 Claret.
There were some great short films and we will be announcing the winner at Melbourne Sexpo. I don’t if it is my age but I really enjoyed watching the 1922 film Free Ride.
A few drinks to wind down after the show and then up bright and early Thursday to start Sexpo. Once we had found our stand and had it flown in from Melbourne and all of our printing couriered from Penrith we were ready to go except that it was after 7pm by then, so straight to the Fox and Lion for few drinks with Sex party members. Oh and we also had to find Sarah's voice. We didn’t actually find that until Saturday, the poor thing had a terrible case of Laringitis.
Once everything was in place the show went swimmingly. Another couple of hundred members joined up and a few keen men had their members temporarily tattooed. We also tattooed breasts, bums and even a pair of testicles.
A new phrase, eat a dick, was made into a song by the fabulously musical Anne Watson and it is estimated that the phrase was heard 1,846,665 times during the show.
Sunday featured an Alpha girl catch up to raise some money for the party.
Through out this we were also getting our new candidate for Bradfield Miss Zahra Stardust out in the media. I know we were saying never again on Sunday night but... Melbourne is just a few short weeks away and I already starting to look forward to it!