The story: Stage actors Mariah and Daniel play lovers every night, but their onstage romance lacks spark. One slow afternoon, they discover that today's matinee performance will make or break both their careers. Daniel wants to make big changes, and Mariah starts to wonder: are Daniel's suggestions reasonable? Or has he lost track of the boundary between actor and character? Rushed to the stage, in front of a live audience, they must figure it out together.
Matinee is a sexually explicit drama intended to bridge the gap between art film and sex film. The film, shot on location in Amsterdam, showcases Steven McAlistair (Scotland) and Alicia Whitsover (England) in their first explicit sex roles ever. Matinee takes a fresh look at what erotic film can be. It features an original musical score and careful attention to capturing the real-life sounds of sex. Real, intense and emotional, Matinee is truly erotic film for people who like film.
Matinee has screened all over the world and won the Best Film prize at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival as well as at the CineKink/NYC film festival. The film also won Honorable Mention at Toronto's annual Feminist Porn Awards.
Fifty extra minutes of unique DVD extras, including:
-- A 25-minute making-of documentary, originally aired on Dutch television, covering the auditioning/filming process and including interviews with cast and crew
-- Audience question-and-answer session at Matinee Amsterdam world premiere, with star Alicia Whitsover and director Jennifer Lyon Bell
-- Behind-the-scenes photo gallery
Note: Though it was shot in Holland, this film is English-spoken and is Region 0, meaning it is region-free and will thus play in every country. All DVD extras are either in English, or are subtitled in English.
Intelligent, sensual, and downright sexy... It s an intriguing story that hooks the viewer quickly, creating an unusual yet believable set up for the sex scene. The premise is helped enormously by the incredible presence and acting skills of both stars....A gorgeous film to watch. The lighting is superb, creating an atmosphere of lush sensuality and warm flesh...And on top of all that, it's hot! The sex is lusty, realistic and meaningful. The orgasms are real and the two actors really do have a good time together. ...What more can you ask? --ForTheGirls.com
Rides the line between erotica and old fashioned entertainment. …I thoroughly enjoyed Matinée…The bees knees when it comes to quality erotica. It spans the line between porn and erotica with grace and dignity. --Jamye Waxman, sex educator
Revolutionary erotica...What Ms. Bell is doing is a New Wave of cinema that intersects between explicit sex and independent film, and she's taken the whole idea of women's erotica might be, or what might appeal to women, and has brought a kind of poetry into it that is very rare and utterly exhilarating. --Susie Bright, In Bed With Susie Bright