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Gonzo pornography is a style of pornographic film that attempts to place the viewer directly into the scene. Jamie Gillis is considered to have started the gonzo pornography genre with his On the Prowl series of films.[1][2]

The name is a reference to gonzo journalism, in which the reporter is part of the event taking place. By comparison, gonzo pornography puts the camera right into the action, often with one or more of the participants filming and performing sexual acts, without the usual separation between camera and performers seen in conventional porn and cinema.[3]

Gonzo porn is influenced by amateur pornography, and it tends to use far fewer full-body/wide shots in favor of more close-ups (See: reality pornography). The loose and direct camera work often includes tight shots of the genitalia, unlike some traditional porn.

Gonzo pornographic director Erik Everhard in 2005


Similarities to point-of-view (POV) pornographyEdit

POV pornography; One of the actors (left) films the sexual act, which results in a point-of-view shot (background).

Point of view pornography (POV) is adult entertainment filmed to look as if the watcher were experiencing the sex act themselves. In POV porn, the shooting style is generally similar to gonzo pornography, with the person receiving sexual gratification holding the camera him or herself—aiming it down at the actress or actor who is performing the sex act. This style of filming is in contrast to having a separate, third-person camera crew filming all the action. The effect is to give the viewer the sense that they are experiencing the sex acts that they are watching, as opposed to simply watching others as a voyeur.

POV porn sometimes breaks the strict point-of-view convention. For instance, Amateur Allure has a trademark shot where the sexually performing cameraman circles a handycam around the sexually performing model's head. This yields a view that would not be obtainable directly through the eyes of a person while experiencing the sex act. There is, however, no third-party camera work involved.

POV pornography in JapanEdit

In Japan, point of view pornography is referred to as hamedori (ハメ撮り). Hamedori is a genre of Japanese pornography in which a male adult video (AV) actor or director serves as the camera operator. Hamedori-type videos were produced from the beginnings of Japanese AV in the early 1980s. The term "hamedori" came into use about 1988–1989, but it was only a small niche area until it was popularized at V&R Planning by director Company Matsuo.[4]

Matsuo started working in the genre in 1991, saying that this intimate technique was a natural way for him to shoot in order to show his feelings for the woman and to "get her to open up about herself, to show her true emotions". Matsuo used amateur actresses in his videos, and he usually traveled to their hometowns for the filming. He talked to them extensively on camera so that both he and the viewer can come to know them before any sex scenes. A large part of the popularity of these videos is seeing how regular and normal the women are in real life. As amateurs in a single segment of a multi-part video, the actresses are typically paid about 50,000 yen (around 500USD).[4]


The X-Rated Critics Organization has had a "Best POV Production" award (2005–2009) and a "Best POV Series" (since 2010) in their annual XRCO awards. These awards have been given to:

The AVN Awards have a "Best POV Series" award, which has been given to:

  • 2007 Jack's POV (Digital Playground)[12]
  • 2008 Fucked on Sight (Evil Angel/Manuel Ferrara Productions)[13]
  • 2009 Double Vision (Jules Jordan Video/Erik Everhard Entertainment)[14]
  • 2010 Jack's POV (Digital Playground)[15]
  • 2011 Jack's P.O.V. (Digital Playground)[16]
  • 2012 POV Pervert (Mike John/Jules Jordan)[17]
  • 2013 Pound the Round P.O.V. (Digital Sin)[18]

The AVN Awards have a "Best POV Release" award, which has been given to:

  • 2006 Manuel Ferrara's POV[12]
  • 2007 Pole Position 5[19]
  • 2008 Fucked on Sight 2 (Evil Angel/Manuel Ferrara Productions)[13]
  • 2009 Jack's POV 9 (Digital Playground)[20]
  • 2010 Anal Prostitutes on Video 6 (Jules Jordan Video/Erik Everhard Entertainment)[21]
  • 2011 Jack's P.O.V. 15 (Digital Playground)[16]
  • 2012 Double Vision 3 (Erik Everhard/Jules Jordan)[17]
  • 2013 Eye Fucked Them All (Erik Everhard/Jules Jordan)[18]

The AVN Awards also have a 'Best POV Sex Scene' award, which has been given to:

Notable gonzo pornography directorsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Godfather of Gonzo Porn". Random House. Retrieved 17 December 2013.
  2. ^ Anthony Petkovich, Maxon Crumb (2002). The X Factory: Inside the American Hardcore Film Industry. Critical Vision. p. 10. ISBN 1900486245.
  3. ^ Weasels, P. "The Quick and Dirty Guide to Gonzo". Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  4. ^ a b Schönherr, Johannes (29 December 2006). "Company Matsuo and the World of Japanese Adult Video". Midnight Eye. Retrieved 12 August 2014.
  5. ^ "BEST POV RELEASE". 5 April 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  6. ^ "BEST POV RELEASE". Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  7. ^ "BEST POV MOVIE". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  8. ^ "BEST POV MOVIE". 29 April 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  9. ^ "BEST POV SERIES". 12 April 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  10. ^ Koga (2011-04-22). "XRCO Awards 2011: Red Carpet, Part 2". LAist. Archived from the original on 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  11. ^ "BEST POV SERIES". 25 April 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  12. ^ a b c "AVN AWARDS PAST WINNERS". AVN. Archived from the original on 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-03-13.
  13. ^ a b c "2008 Winners". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  14. ^ a b "2009 Winners". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  15. ^ "2010 AVN AWARDS WINNERS". AVN. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  16. ^ a b c "2011 Winners". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  17. ^ a b c "2012 Winners". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  18. ^ a b c "2013 Winners". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  19. ^ "Best P.O.V. Release". Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  20. ^ "THE 2009 AVN AWARDS WINNERS". AVN. Archived from the original on 2009-03-05. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  21. ^ a b "THE 2010 AVN AWARDS WINNERS". AVN. Retrieved 2010-02-28.

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