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Portrait of a Call Girl is a 2011 American pornographic film starring Jessie Andrews, and directed and written by Graham Travis. In 2012, the film received 19 nominations for both creative and technical awards, winning four AVN Awards for best actress, best director, best feature and the AVN's first Movie of the Year award;[1] one XRCO Award for best epic; and six XBIZ Awards for acting performance of the year – female, best cinematography, best non-sex acting performance of the year, director of the year – individual project, and feature movie of the year.

Portrait of a Call Girl
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Directed byGraham Travis
Written byGraham Travis
Music byBruce Carter
  • Mason
  • Carlos Dee
  • Alex Ladd
Edited byGraham Travis
Distributed byElegant Angel
Release date
  • August 26, 2011 (2011-08-26)
Running time
148 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film was released as a two-DVD set on August 26, 2011. The first DVD included several special features including a behind-the-scenes featurette, slide show, outtakes, a bonus scene promo teaser and interviews. The second DVD offered a 79:29-minute feature only version, minus any hardcore scenes.[2][3]


Critical reviews of Portrait of a Call Girl were mostly favorable, with others acknowledging disappointments. The film received recognition and nominations for editing, art direction, and cinematography. The XBIX Awards honored Mason, Carlos Dee and Alex Ladd with the nod for cinematography, with Travis being honored by both XBIZ and the AVN Awards for Director of the Year for Individual Project and Feature Film, respectively.[4][5]

Online reviewers Sean DPS and Don Houston of both give the project the site's highest rating of "XCritic Pick" for the Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film. Houston compared the film with selected films touring independent film festivals and director Travis to mainstream director, Steven Soderbergh and his film The Girlfriend Experience.[3] Gram Ponante of describes the project as a "mainstream film that happens to have sex in it".[6]

Sex and the 405 agreed with Ponante's assessment that the film is "thoughtfully acted, beautifully shot, and sparsely, elegantly orchestrated", yet faulting the script for "tired cliches" including childhood sexual abuse, self-loathing, self-destruction through involvement in the sex industry, and subconsciously crying out for a savior.[7] Sex and the 405 expressed criticism of the fact that professionals from the adult film industry, which operated on the legal side of the fence, would present a film focusing on the illegal branch of the sex industry, the film industry's "marginalized twin".[7] The web site summarized their review stating, "If [the film] didn't perpetuate so many stereotypes about prostitution, we'd be tempted to thank the studio for keeping it real — ish. But its problems are a little too big to ignore."[7]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Awards & nominations
Award Won Nominated
AVN Awards
4 11
XBIZ Awards
6 9
XRCO Awards
1 1
Total number of wins and nominations
Totals 10 20
Ceremony Category Recipient Result
AVN Awards[5][8] Best actress Jessie Andrews Won
Best director – feature Graham Travis Won
Best feature N/A Won
Movie of the year[1] N/A Won
Best boy / girl sex scene Jessie Andrews and Manuel Ferrara Nominated
Best cinematography Mason, Carlos Dee and Alex Ladd Nominated
Best DVD extras N/A Nominated
Best editing Graham Travis Nominated
Best oral sex scene Jessie Andrews Nominated
Best screenplay Graham Travis Nominated
Best three-way sex scene (G/B/B) Jessie Andrews, Mick Blue and Ramon Namor Nominated
XBIZ Awards[4][9] Feature movie of the year N/A Won
Director of the year – individual project Graham Travis Won
Acting performance of the year – female Jessie Andrews Won
Non-sex acting performance of the year Alec Knight Won
Non-sex acting performance of the year Eric Swiss Nominated
Screenplay of the year Graham Travis Won
Best cinematography Mason, Carlos Dee and Alex Ladd Won
Best art direction N/A Nominated
Best editing Graham Travis Nominated
XRCO Awards[10] Best epic N/A Won


  1. ^ a b Mark Kernes, "Joint Production", Adult Video News, Vol. 28, No. 3, March 2012, pp. 44–58.
  2. ^ Portrait of a Call Girl. Elegant Angel. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Graham Travis in Portrait Of A Call Girl". XCritic. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  4. ^ a b "2012 XBIZ Award Winners Announced". XBIZ. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b "AVN Announces the 2012 AVN Award Winners". AVN. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  6. ^ "You Need to Watch "Portrait of A Call Girl" | Fleshbot". 2011-09-09. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  7. ^ a b c "Review: Portrait of a Call Girl". Sex and the 405. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
  8. ^ "AVN AWARDS 2012 - NOMINATIONS". AVN. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  9. ^ "2012 10th Annual XBIZ Awards - 2012 Nominees". XBIZ. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  10. ^ Sanford, John (2012-12-04). "XRCO Award Winners Announced". XBIZ Newswire. Retrieved 2012-04-14.

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