The interviews I conducted with Rich O’Shea back in 2011 and 2012 have recently been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Chinese speaking readers can view these here and here. Alternatively you can revisit the original English versions here and here.
Rich has also recently given an interview regarding Sting’s CFNM brand, which can be read here (WARNING: the CFNM interview is on a website dedicated to F/M spanking.)
Hi Rich, thanks for agreeing to do a follow up to the fascinating interview you gave JockSpank back in February 2011. That interview created a lot of interest, both on and off line, and has generated a number of questions since it was published. I also understand that there have also been further developments with Sting since that interview.
You are now well established in the Czech Republic with new studios and a growing stable of actors. Are you still convinced that this was the right move for Sting? And do you expect to remain located where you are in the long haul? Are there advantages, and of course, disadvantages, to being located in Prague?
Answer – It was absolutely the right move. We were discussing this only last week and in five years we have not changed our minds one iota. There are numerous advantages but the main being that we are legal here. In the UK any spanking site is technically not legal. Any DVD content supplied in the UK without BBFC clearance is not legal. As our lawyer told us it’s a very grey area, but at the end of the day it just isn’t completely legal. We didn’t really want that hanging over us like the sword of Damocles in day to day life. ATVOD too may soon become a concern but at the moment is unlikely to affect video on demand where adult content is concerned.
Unfortunately the UK stands alone in constantly pressing for adult content to be an “opt in” service which will eventually make it more difficult for end users to access the providers. However downloading spanking content, buying if from abroad on DVD and viewing it is legal! That’s the UK for you!
Matt Mills in the bath
On the downside we do miss the ability to work with English speakers which always helps with the dramatic part of our stories. I have to say the Czech models certainly make up for this in the way they perform.
Sting’s forest land
We have recently acquired a private outside location that is another good reason to stay put. Needless to say Prague is a beautiful and safe city with great long hot summer’s thrown in. Both Rob and I would now miss that no end I think.
Can you please tell us about any recent developments and changes at Sting and what your plans are going forward?
Answer – We are about to have the web site completely rebuilt. We have opened STG Direct distribution and now supply several shops. That will be expanded to a wholesale website shortly. We are planning to return to mainstream film making but within the 18 certificate level, not 18R. To do this we now have taken on another employee at STG pictures. This mainly came about after making the adult film Secrets of College Life and several meetings with independent film distributors. Under Jonathan’s direction an independent crew has begun working on the Sting stories. He has had three year’s experience with both Rob and I so we hope for some fresh inspiration coming through with the short films. It is now hoped also to re-open the Sting member’s area. Work has already begun on this.
Are there any future themes and storylines in the pipeline which you would like to tell us about?
Answer – Well after the recent blog activity modern story lines are being phased back in. Historically Sting really made its name with costume and retro based themes. This will continue, but the younger crew will shoot modern stories every now and again. We have collected a large amount of costumes for a new period drama but I can’t go in to full detail about this yet. However, I can tell you nobody has ever done what we have in mind before.
No Stars Just Stripes
The “No Stars Just Stripes” short was very successful, we weren’t expecting this so we do plan to make a US military school story but won’t move on it until we have the most accurate costumes so we can put together. In actual fact it will be based on a true story. We will also be shooting again with lads from Estonia and of course the legendary Margusta, who will in time have his own site for his brand of spanking clips.
Toby Haines in a forthcoming modern story
In the past Sting has focused largely on stories set in schools, reformatories and military institutions, mostly in England but also Australia and even Africa and the USA during the 1950’s and 1960’s plus, of course, the infamous 1900 House of Correction, do you plan continue with these historical themes?
Answer -In our minds this is the real Sting, this is what we are known for. We are one of the only spanking studios doing this and made our name on it, so the answer has to be a very firm yes. However, as said above, we will be introducing more modern themes too. Meanwhile a new 1900 House Of Correction is in production.
I understand you hope to conduct filmed interviews with some of the actors and provide fans with more information about them?
Answer – Yes we will start to do this. I hope it will become part of the new members area output but we will put some on the blogs as well. It’s mainly been time scales with production and lack of staff that have stopped us doing this. We would like to start doing ‘making off’ features too especially focusing on the full length DVD stories like St Dacthets Academy and Borstal Days
In recent movies we have seen the appearance of a number of younger, what one might call “Twink’ actors mostly British lads, but also some Czechs such as Pavel Novy in “No Stars just Stripes”, is this a deliberate change on Sting’s part, or do you intend to continue catering for a variety of tastes?
Leonardo in No Stars Just Stripes
Answer – It’s very difficult to please everybody, in fact it’s nigh impossible and we have seen this in recent exchanges on Jockpank. I feel after all these years we have tried to have a go at most themes using hunks, twink’s old and younger models.
In some ways I feel European studios do tend to ignore the American customers so we decided to shoot No stars Just Stripes and feature the paddle. We have had stories with paddle in before but we will increase the US themes if we can. The big budget Reformatory USA DVD was intended to do this too. As I said earlier more modern stories will be re appearing too. I am deliberately passing these themes on to the younger crowd here who I believe have some pretty interesting themes up their sleeves.
One question which frequently comes up is about the sexual orientation of the actors, and whether they are gay or straight, if some of them are straight how do they feel about making the movies they do?
Answer – In fact with the Czech boys it’s not “some” of them it’s practically all of them that are straight. When they do shoot an adult theme they are very much being ‘gay for pay’. The lads from the new UK agency are mostly gay but certainly not all of them. Matt Mills, Tigger, David, Brett, and Paul etc. were all straight lads. In the Czech Republic the attitude is very different to that expressed by lads from the UK.
I very often have the girl friend sitting in our little green room doing her Facebook while the boyfriend is getting spanking in another studio nearby. I’m not sure what it is with the Czech models but I did discover that this country became the first officially atheist state during the communist years. Perhaps their attitude is the result of a lack of in built religious based guilt that we all have. We have thought about incorporating on screen girl friends in to the story lines, perhaps people could give us some feedback about this. It’s certainly no trouble casting them.
Dexter in a forthcoming modern Story
When we spoke previously, you told us what your plans were for Hornet pictures, with the exception of “The Secrets of College Life“ this does not appear to have proceeded, would you like to tell us where things stand with Hornet.
Answer – Hornet at the moment is on hold. This is mainly due to a plainly incompetent US web site builder. However after making the Secrets Of College Life we did review the Hornet idea. We will introduce Hornet in the not too distant future and it will probably support the ‘with sex’ spanking material that we produce. DVDs produced for shops do need to have a percentage of spanking related sex as standalone spanking is not as popular with shop bought DVDs.
Margusta in a forthcoming modern story with a twist
It has been observed that you rarely respond publicly to comments on blogs and internet groups, is this a conscious decision, and, if so, what is your reason for this?
Answer – From the very beginning we decided on this policy. Having both come from the professional side of the film and TV industry its part of the tradition. It’s best to let everyone have their say no matter how wrong they may be. Unless it’s totally unfair criticism it can be a healthy thing, we don’t really need to enter the fire fight. Many directors have to take it on the chin where film reviews are concerned but that doesn’t mean to say that the particular criticism is right. Usually the criticism is based on one personal opinion and perhaps others have a very different opinion.
Some major features in the past that received bad reviews went on to be absolute classics. In the industry we have an old saying that all critics are failed film directors or writers, amazingly this is often the case. However I want to be absolutely clear on this we wouldn’t want people to feel they can’t approach us. Given the time we will always answer all letters and emails the best we can.
I think in the last five years I have put out only two public statements and that was to deal with a very unreasonable stalker. Lastly on this in fact we often don’t need to comment as legions of Sting fans do it for us. One can only say a big thanks you for this it is very much appreciated.
Damien in a soon to be released French Country Story
Alongside Man Hand and Spank This Sting is one of the longest standing studios still operating. Is there any advice you would give to newcomers entering the market?
Answer – Well I think firstly I would say if its wads of cash you’re looking for get ready to be disappointed, you won’t be ordering your new BMW from the income. Spanking comes very much under the “special interest” or “fetish” category in adult film making and has a very small catchment. For us its only part of what STG Pictures Ltd do. The customers will rightly be demanding and won’t settle for any old footage from a camera quickly purchased down the road at Dixons. Don’t try to please everyone it’s never going to happen.
I would also say you’ve got to absolutely love spanking, this will really show in anything you make. Try to specialise. In years gone by we have tried just about everything but I have noticed some of the new clip makers sensibly do look for a niche and that really is the way to go (Looking at some of the new guys Straight Lads Spanked with Mr X who for example appears to go for chunky guys, rugby types and I think that works plus there’s “the hood”, so that makes it a bit different. Just Magic’s lads are great lookers especially of course the irresistible Jonathon and the settings are modern and clean with a few little sexy innovations thrown in. Spanking-boys.com has gone for a sort of prowler feel with a one on one personal approach so there too is something new.)
Film technique cannot be picked up just like that but luckily the modern camcorders are very forgiving. They react to virtually any available light source so point and shoot is now possible. Ten years ago none of this would have been possible as the cameras were not sufficiently powerful enough in image quality to produce saleable material. You had to use professional equipment and cameras to do this would have a price tag of around £10,000 or more. Lastly, take a real interest in film making, after all that’s what you will be doing. It isn’t really point and shoot and there’s a lot to learn let alone the post production that goes with it.
I would now like to ask you some questions which have been submitted by Sting fans and customers:
The first set of questions come from Andrew who says he is a great fan of Sting, which is one of the best sites for production values. I think we have covered some of these points earlier in the interview, but you may want to elaborate
1) I understand Rich’s previous comment about intensity of the punishment, (if we hit them as hard as teachers/prefects actually did, they would not work for us – paraphrased). True, though there must be some lads who would let you. Could you not try with some of the boys that featured in Discipline4Boys? They too were based in Prague. Some sort of `Intense’ series, to parallel the sex one.
Marco taking a hard caning
Answer – Hi Andrew. I think it’s fair to say times have changed since I made that comment and really it is only the first timers this applies to now. At Sting we do try to introduce models from across the board from hunks to twinks. New guys are often very nervous the first time they are cast to shoot especially just 18s from out of town. If you ease them in with a sensible session then they will always come back with much more confidence and far more ready to go for it harder the next time. They then develop from there.
Good looking guys for spanking, especially young looking are hard to come by and good model management of them is needed all the time. Films like Borstal Days 2, the Stingstruments series and a fair few others have very intense scenes. Retakes are not possible with the exception of camera movement. The lads from Discipline4Boys have long since moved on. Also, although we are in the Czech Republic they still have laws covering violence and bodily harm. If a studio over steps the mark they can (and have been) closed down. We like to keep within the guidelines of the law but at the same time we will continue to be a tough as we can and even more so on special occasions with willing models. In the UK this sort of material is of course 100% illegal.
2) Have you still got plans for the site to have the extra features such as stories etc.? If so when will it happen?
Answer – Yes I think this may well be possible when we reopen the members area. I’m afraid I can’t give an accurate time scale on this as I mentioned earlier due to troubles with our old host and site builder we are going for a total rebuild very soon.
Karl Frazer in a soon to be released French Country Story
3) I have always enjoyed the background stuff behind movie making. Might you consider doing the sort of thing Cliff at Spanking Central does, letting us know something about the models and the production process?
Answer – This is a very good point and one we have discussed recently. Again with the member’s area coming back on line our second crew, who are all Czech, could well do this with subtitling to match. For the British lads who regularly visit this will be no problem.
4) Could we please have more Judicial CP, (the more realistic the better)? (Favorite scenario, the Birch) Along with this is a plea for less OTK spanking of such old boys! It never happened when I was that age!
Answer – Yes we are planning more judicial corporal punishment stories. With OTK spanking the problem I hit again here is pleasing all the people. I get just as many messages asking for older guys to be spanked. However, in some ways realistically I agree it is probably better seeing younger guys get spanked by older or more powerful guys. Of course the age a model can begin working legally is 18 so they are not all going to look like school lads I’m afraid.
Leonardo in 1900 part 6
The next question is from Anonymous, who asks: I suspect many men (regardless of their sexuality) respect firm but fair cp whether because of school/home discipline or jut the genuine release of tension and of `wiping the slate` clean. Have Rich and Rob ever considered providing an interview and punishment service eg: over a weekend or short stay?
Answer – It’s an interesting idea but the difficulty would be finding the time really. Also we are and always have been just film makers in this business; it’s where we feel most comfortable. However we would be happy to talk about sponsorship if anyone would like to do this here in CZ.
The next two questions are from Stan who says he really likes the Sting spanking clips, and have the complete selection. He adds Please tell them to keep up the great work. He asks: First, concerning the recent downloads entitled “Tales from the Headmasters Study” – are you going to release several of these in sequence, or in the near future, that would make a full length movie, if taken together? I put my downloaded clips on a DVD as they accumulate to free up space on my hard drive, and I am wondering if I can make a “themed DVD” from these.
Answer – Thank you Stan. The Headmasters Study began with a pilot. This was received very well so since then two more episodes have been made. We are now going to try to integrate an on-going plot with story lines and develop favourite characters that of course get up to no good all the time. Damien Drake is certainly starting to be one of these alongside Leonardo. The Heads study is a permanent set and yes we will be putting the whole series out as a full length film on to DVD.
Second, do you and Rob have any plans to visit the USA? I am sure your fans would love to meet you.
Answer – We would love to visit the USA. I have been several times as part of a film crew both to Washington, New York and LA. However both Rob and I will at some point visit the fans and hopefully go to the famous camp Red Tails that happens annually.
We also received a question from Swatter who says: The Sting website is not very user friendly and leaves much to be desired. It is not updated very often at all, other than to add the latest videos. I would like to see Sting abandon their current web site in favour of a blog similar to what Straight Lads Spanked and Jockspank and Leather Strap Spanking all have. From a good blog you can download both still pictures and purchase videos.
Rich has been making excuses for the website for years instead of fixing the problems or re-doing the site altogether. I would like to know what plans he has for improving the website in the future and what a reasonable time span for such changes would be?
Answer – Hi Swatter, you have been our most generous critic for many years and we love you for it, but now I’m going to agree with you! We have been stuck with the Sting site as it is for far too long and I am happy to tell you than we had a long meeting in Prague last week with a new European company who are (for a price!) going to undertake all our IT work. At the moment we are with a USA company who are, to say the least, useless. At this stage legally I can’t name them but I wish I could and may well in the future. As to time scale the first site to be worked on will take about a month and is for the wholesale customers only.
After that the Sting site itself will be rebuilt from scratch. This will take considerably longer but it will be done. Another excuse I know but what more can I say at this stage. You may not have noticed but we do have this blog courtesy of Bruce and Ward. You can certainly download pictures from there and most of them are HQ stills with a few low quality screen grabs.
As to sales from the blog you can only integrate something like say PayPal and unfortunately despite what you may think they do not support adult material. They will after a while seize any funds they see collected from adult material sales at a moment’s notice. There are no other processors we can use on a blog. We could use the famous Clips4sale but as a business their margin is far too high. So we are left with Epoch one of the biggest processors in the world but as we are not a membership site their system is no so good for film downloads. Alongside the rebuilding of Sting’s site we have secured a new deal for processing and that will all come on line eventually. I have to say only a few people have trouble with Epoch and we try to deal with this as fast as we can. It’s only at weekends when we sometimes dare to take a break that there is a slowdown. Mostly however we are around at weekends
Next, Daniel asked: Would sting consider a scene where the boys spank one of the boys, maybe a senior prefect who has been abusing his authority, or just a bully in need of payback. They could grab him, tie him over the pommel horse, and let him have it. I love the discipline scenes, but a “revenge” scene would be hot too.
Answer- Absolutely yes. It is our aim to introduce new masters now both young and age 20s / 30s. I in fact would like to start to take a backseat and work on other new projects with STG Pictures Ltd. This process has started and during our Monday meetings the subject of boy on boy spanking has come up. So it’s a case now of watch this space. I will try to have this idea implemented as soon as possible.
Anon2 asked: From your years of experience which implement do the actors dislike the most? Which one is the most painful? Which implement to you enjoy using most, and why is that?
Answer – The Cane. The guys really do not like it at all. There are the odd one or two who say a strap or tawse is worse but really it’s the cane every time. As you ask it happens to be my favourite, only perhaps because I was caned at school in Great Britain. During those supposedly golden years of education we were taught to know our place. There is something about the melodic swish of the cane, its whippy consistency and appearance hanging waiting to be used. It is I believe an historically perfect instrument of correction. I guess guys in the USA would say the same for their famous paddle or hickory switch. Boy when I think back if they could see me now I’d be waiting outside my housemasters study for sure! Spanking films indeed, who do you think you are O’Shea Cecil B De Mille…bend over!
Next we have Frankie who’s question was: Sting Pictures made its deserved reputation with models (and scenarios) from South London, and the punishments generally matched. (I used to live in that part of London, and recognised in David, Vex, Tigger and the others, the lads who attended – and were caned at – the local schools, as well as belted by their Dads; and showed off their stripes with pride in the changing room of the Boys’ Club where I was a leader. I could tell many true stories about them!) Now that the business is in Prague and the models (? actors) are also increasingly Bohemian, would Rich consider branching out into punishments used in the new location? I think particularly of the “Korbac” which apparently resembles a French martinet, and which a Slovak acquaintance tells me was the traditional instrument of correction used when he was a kid. He says they are still available, and that Czech parents so far as he knows are still very ready to warm the backsides of misbehaving boys.
So how about some traditional Czech Chastisement, Rich?
Answer: Hi Frankie. I have very fond memories of our days in London as does Rob. Firstly in London at our Vauxhall studio and then in Barnet before our move to here. I remember the day I first met Tigger at our Vauxhall studio when he was shooting for clublads. He was with his friend David and after being introduced to me saying ‘alright mate I’ll give it a go’, he went on to become one of Stings most famous models along with the other Southsider’s and Essex boys, Brett, Vex, Jay, Matt Mills, etc. They were all just eighteen and as cheeky as you can get. Perfect for Sting.
Do tell me your stories one day; I may have a few for you! OK with the Czech instruments of punishment the answer is yes we will be doing this. We will also be shooting some stories completely in the Czech language featuring some disciplinary sessions as they might be and do still happen here. Your Slovak friend is right the PC nonsense hasn’t quite reached here yet, long may it be so. The Korbac in Czech by the way is known as the Pomlazka
Finally James Maren asked: Do any of the Sting lads break down into tears spontaneously when spanked and cry? If so, which ones?
Answer – Yes they do but not many. Most Czech boys don’t want to be seen to cry. Leonardo cries as does Sebastian but sometimes it’s hard to catch.
Sebastian – with Dexter
People often say hit them harder but in fact with some, especially Dale Brady, it doesn’t get any better results and of course as we stated earlier there are limits.
Stoic – Dale Brady
Thanks very much Rich, that concludes the questions from fans, and also this interview.Now you can get back behind the camera, as we are all looking forward to Sting’s next release
It is a great honour for JockSpank that Richard O’Shea of Sting Pictures has agreed to give an interview about his life and work with what the recent JockSpank poll recently declared by far the most popular spanking Movie Studio.As a huge fan of Sting, I am thrilled to be able to put questions to Rich, and have also included a number of questions submitted in advance by members of the M_Spank_M and StingLads Google groups.
Hi, Rich, thanks very much for agreeing to do this interview. If it is all right with you I would like to start by asking you a few questions about yourself, and then move on to Sting Pictures and also to your latest venture, Hornet Pictures.
1) When did you first realise that you had an interest in spanking and corporal punishment, was this an early fantasy which you have always had, or something which developed later in life? (What is it you find so appealing about inflicting varying degrees of punishment to the young male bottom?)
Answer: I often ask myself this question as I expect many do. I’m pretty sure it started at school. I would have been about 14 or 15 and I had been fighting, strangely enough with a friend. He later in life became a high ranking police officer.
During the scuffle in our form room also the science room we managed to nudge against a high wooden cupboard. On top of this cupboard were stored the tall glass jars used for decompression experiments. As we hit the cupboard one of these started to wobble. We both looked up and in that moment were stricken with that helplessness you feel when you know you cannot prevent a disaster. One of the large glass jars thundered down and smashed in to a thousand pieces on the hard parquet floor.
In perfect timing our House Master entered the room. Caught red handed I believe is the expression. Mr Wilson was a congenial man and ran the science model club every Thursday night. He liked teaching and we liked him, not so with some of the teachers at our school. He gave Jimmy and I a huge essay to do, mine was about the composition of soap! I mean what the hell can you write about that it was going to take hours, Boys in the 6os in the summer term don’t have hours so we both asked for ‘the alternative’ you could in those days. It was granted and we duly arrived back as ordered at three thirty. Leading up to this I guess you could say is the answer to the above question. I was a bit fearful but also strangely excited. I knew it would be six and I wondered how I would take it. All boys in those days took it no complaining, no PC ‘I’ll tell my dad’ (God forbid) we deserved it, first me then Jimmy took our blazers off bent over the back of a chair and crack six strokes at a steady pace.
Did it hurt? Too bloody right it did. Did I cry, I didn’t blub as they used say but my eyes were full of tears and running down my face, so were Jimmy’s. I felt no animosity towards Mr Wilson, besides we didn’t now have to the dammed essay. That night we had science model club and if I remember he made a fuss of us and treated us no differently to any of the other lads. Was it an efficient punishment? Well as a young boy I never wanted to feel pain like that again! I guess the fascination developed from that fateful day onwards.
In answer to the second part of the question. I think it’s got something to do with power and control. Something to do with shapely guys submitting for punishment, something to do with arousal, something to do with the adrenalin rush associated with the moment. It’s perhaps a combination of all these things but one thing I have found is it’s a bit different for everybody.
2) Are you part of what might be called “the spanking community”, assuming such a community exists in the Czech Republic, or were you part of one whilst in Britain?
Answer: No I’m not really, nothing haughty about this it’s just the role I now have calls for certain etiquette. I have visited ClubCP in London and stay in touch with them. I would be happy to visit other places but not usually as a participant more as the face of Sting along with Rob. Up until now we have gladly received visitors to the studio but due to certain unforeseen circumstances this is no longer allowed. I‘m not aware of a spanking community in CZ but I expect there is somewhere in Prague.
3) To what degree, if any, were you influenced by descriptions of corporal punishment and spanking in literature, in movies and of course in the, decidedly non politically correct, comics and magazines which were around when you were growing up? Do you believe that any of these have influenced your work with Sting? (if so are you able to give examples?)
Answer: I found some episodes of Whacko on YouTube the other night and I had forgotten how involved with school punishment that show used to be. Just about every other scene has the cane wielding professor Jimmy Edwards threatening to dish out a whacking as the demon headmaster of Chislebury School. The whole show seems now in reflection to have been about boys getting the cane hence the title ‘Whacko’ I suppose.
The Beano, Dandy, Lion and Hotspur comics you name it all featured a spanking or caning sometimes with very inventive instruments and nobody batted a PC eyelid. In terms of being influenced films like ‘If’ starring Malcombe McDowell and the Borstal saga The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, an early acting vehicle for Tom Courtney, would have had been more appropriate. Damn the Defiant was another film of note where a more serious and realistic portrayal of discipline was being dished out, but of course there are many.
I would love to do the Sting version of Tom Browns Schooldays. It would need a lot of budget and Georgian costumes which are not easy to source. We certainly have the locations here! Maybe one day…any backers out there?
4) How did Sting Pictures came about? What made you decide to start making male spanking movies?
Answer: It was in the 80s. A friend complained bitterly that he couldn’t find any decent videos featuring spanking. At that time I was a (younger) pretty well paid lighting cameraman in film and TV. To cut a long story short, on the side we put together the first footage but shelved it after running scared of the authorities. In those days the only way you could get your hands on real porn was to visit an under the counter bookshop in London’s Soho, all videos at ten quid! Illegal then of course and the VHS copies were very fuzzy and virtually unwatchable.
One has to remember all adult film material was banned in the UK then and only later in the 90s did the BBFC 18 rating come in followed by the18R rating. The UK has always been streets behind other European nations when it comes to adult material. There was a gap till about the mid 90s when we decided to reinstate the whole project and called it simply Sting Pictures. The rest is history. Along with Mans Hand I guess we are now one of the oldest spanking film fetish companies in the world.
5) When launching Sting, what were the main challenges you faced, setting out on what has turned out to be an ambitious and life changing exercise?
Answer: Sourcing pro video equipment on the side was a very early problem. It was very very expensive then and we used to hold over cameras and equipment from other pro jobs during the weekend to shoot on. Before that it was just black and white video or 16mm film which was very expensive to shoot on if you didn’t have any budget at all. In the nineties and naughties the equipment got better and better and completely affordable. Now a tiny camera can shoot full 1080i HD with great results. Models were not too much of a problem, it all had to be very hush hush though. Nowadays we just phone an agent!
6) Sting movies focus almost exclusively on a particularly retro genre set firmly in Britain and largely in the 1950’s and 1960’s, is this because it suits the subject matter or does this period particularly interest you?
Answer: Costume drama has always interested me but I think the 50s and 60s is more apt and realistic to portray the stories we make. I suppose the 50 and 60s were really the culmination of that style of discipline and upbringing prior to the social worker motivated ideas of the 70s and onwards. Although of course the cane was still used in some schools and detention centres during the 70s. Realistic settings have always been important to us that is really what we have always tried to be about.
7) Many of your movies are set either in schools, military establishments or reformatories, (Borstals and Prisons) do you have a particular favourite amongst these settings? (For instance, which appeals to you most spanking a schoolboy, a soldier/sailor, or a borstal inmate?)
Answer: Naval training ships are my favourite subject followed by perhaps Borstal life. A bit of military inclusion does it for me, although I understand by far that the most popular has to be the school days stuff. We are going to do more dads and sons stories soon and perhaps more up to date scenarios too.
So, spanking a badly behaved cadet is up there on top of the list.
8) From time to time you also take us back a few decades to Victorian and Edwardian England and the 1900 house of correction, run by the strict Colonel Templeton Lee, played by yourself. To my mind, those particular movies are directed with a certain relish. What is it about that period which you find so appealing?
Answer: Simply that, if you dig deep enough in your research, the Victorian and Edwardians were far more erotically strict and ceremonial than history would have us believe. Accounts of birching are particularly interesting. A set size for the birch depending on the age of the boy, soaking in brine to make it more subtle and stingy. An assembled array of official dignitaries to oversee the proceedings.
In the military the use of a feague in birching or caning to make the young squaddie raise his posterior higher. With military and reformatory caning certain clothing had to be worn, i.e. thin white cloth punishment ducks in the navy for caning. Reporting to the dispensary after punishment for disinfectant to be applied to the stripes for both the cane and birch. The Victorian cleanliness is next to godliness approach with shaving and inspection prior to spanking or bare bottom punishments with various instruments. The Eton birching block for example, lads in that position would have their testicles and anus exposed for all to see.
There are many other procedures coupled with discipline during this time some I probably don’t know about. In the Bridewells it is strongly rumoured in books that gentleman of wealth could book sessions to view a boy or girl receiving a sentence of birching or caning with ‘extras’ thrown in if the price was right! One thing is for sure when you are making the films we do this period gives us a wealth of reasons to add just that little bit more and enhance the erotic side to spanking movies.
9) In some of the 1900 House movies you have introduced additional enhancements to the punishments, such as washing the unfortunate lads’ bottoms in salt water prior to a birching, or famously by inserting a stick of raw ginger into a miscreant’s rectum prior to punishment, otherwise known as figging (or feaguing). What made you decide to explore these more imaginative / devilish areas of corporal punishment?
answer: We do quite a lot of research. I think I could write a book on all this by now. However I think it’s fair to say that humiliation is all part of the spanking fetish. Changing in to pyjamas, waiting to be dealt with, corner time afterwards, and from the historic perspective ceremonial preparation. This can include bathing, rectal inspection, shaving the buttocks and the use of substances to increase the pain or discomfort. It’s all an added eroticism and although lots of people have different reasons for being in to spanking we find that by listening to the viewers a lot of the procedural steps before spanking can be, if I may use the phrase very erotic and horny! As adult film makers we have to try to include something for all that falls in to the broad spanking fetish category. I do however like to portray things that may have actually been done at some time in real life and it’s surprising what turns up!
10) I doubt I am alone in viewing you as not so much a maker of erotic movies an erotic artist, to what degree do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist and am I correct in assuming that quality means as much to you as content?
Answer: I was essentially a film maker long before I decided to turn my hand to spanking fetish movies with my colleague Rob. We both have a long association with the cinematic arts, he in the sound department and I in visuals. Strange as it may seem I am seldom happy with the the result of a finished film. This is not uncommon with many directors including big budget feature makers. In hindsight you could have always done it better but there has to be a cut off point somewhere. There are also often time and money constraints which don’t help. I make the excuse for myself that we really do multi role as a crew whereas in the past I would only have to wink to be passed a cup of coffee by the runner whose job it was to do so. Whilst we always strive for perfection it sometimes just doesn’t happen but we certainly do our level best to achieve it all the time. Just lately we could have done with a full time continuity girl especially for the shorts faux pas in the last Approved Ed story directed by Jonathan Fox.
11) Could you tell us about your decision to move the Sting operation to Prague, your reasons for making that move and what changes to the Sting product, both good and bad, that move brought about.
answer: Contrary to the headline about me that appeared a week or two back we moved to Prague for a number of reasons. Firstly financial. Rent council tax and the like was costing a lot of money in the UK. We have halved the studio budget by coming here and there is no council tax in CZ. Sourcing good models here is much easier and cheaper but there are draw backs. Czech boys tend to be very sturdy, well built, lads and we suffer from a lack of available twinks models. Also getting black and Asian boys is difficult, we used to have a good variety of models with Sting but you seldom see many of these guys in CZ. There are some Asian guys but they are from the close nit Vietnamese society that first came in the communist days.
We sorely miss being able to have English acting dialogue for some of the scene but of late we have begun to fly lads in from a UK agency and also import some of the old Sting lads too. We’d like to do more of this if we can.
Another benefit is locations. It is very easy to get clearance to film in locations that would have almost been impossible back in the UK. Here even for adult shooting it seldom a problem and very reasonably priced too.
Lastly it became uncomfortable business wise with the British government’s failure to make clear what the new violent porn bill actually meant in terms of spanking and BDSM films. Our lawyers told us it’s still a grey area. Unfortunately we didn’t feel comfortable building a business on a governmental grey area and also the inability for the BBFC to get its head round spanking films. In the rest of Europe of course there are no such constraints so when we weighed it all up the move to the Czech Republic seemed the best thing to do. The UK has a strange position in its not illegal to film spanking or BDSM films, the criminal act comes at the point of distribution. You must have a BBFC certificate to publicly distribute a DVD otherwise Trading Standards will be on your back. This summer we are planning some return visits to film on location in London and bring back together a lot of the old Sting lads, that would be fun and we can meet lots of old friends again too.
12) How different is making Sting style movies in Prague compared to doing so in the UK? Also are you happy in your new home, and view the move as a permanent one?
Answer: I think I’ve answered quite a lot of this in the last question but I would say its a lot lot easier for us to make the films here. We feel comfortable with it and although there are pitfalls wherever you live daily life commitments need attending to however the net result have been far better than expected. A company like ours is viewed as pretty normal business and nobody gives a knowing look and wink when we go to a DVD pressing plant or get printing done, etc. The Trading Standards Authority won’t bug us because we don’t have a BBFC certificate for the DVDs, etc. They don’t exist. A PC orientated computer repair shop won’t off the busted computer to the constabulary because they’ve found a bit of spanking on it! We will soon enter our fourth year here and the beautiful Czech summer is coming too. I can’t see any good reason to miss that. We have absolutely no plans to return to the UK and we have already stated to learn Czech. Not an easy language I can tell you
13) Do you have any regrets about the move?
Answer: None apart from missing Dr Skelps and other friends, all the old Sting lads included. Rob misses a good cup of tea…Not really, sorry I made that up!
14) Sting is, of course, a joint enterprise between yourself and Rob, which seems to be a very successful partnership. Can you tell us how you came to form your partnership, and what roles you both play in creating Sting Pictures?
Answer: I have known Rob since he was 16, we go back a very long way and during the years although we did other things apart we finally decided to work together on the STG Pictures project. Sting is not the only thing in our lives. We have worked on film dramas documentaries and general shooting and editing for many professional film & TV companies both British and many foreign too. With Sting I very much take care of direction and shooting, known in the industry purely as production and Rob is really in change of post production. That is final on line editing, F/X sound and picture grading. It really is a case of one could not really work without the other.
15) Can you tell us about the rest of the Sting team?.
Answer: Since moving to Prague we have trained a couple of Czech guys to work alongside us. This is pretty well essential for communication not just with models but also with outside business connections and even legal work. Jonathan Fox has in his own right gone on now to take a hand in directing. He showed a mutual talent for this and over the last two years has been encouraged to watch and ask any questions he liked whilst Rob or I was shooting one of the stories. I am pleased to say he is developing his own style and this has left me free now to push ahead with other plans. Michal Steel the other guy is mainly the studio producer. He works closely with the models and agencies and he is now very much concerned with the Hornet studio. He is respected by many of the new models as having been there before and sometimes also makes a great AD (assistant director) in getting things moving during a shoot.
16) Both you and Rob regularly act in your movies, how does it feel to be in front of the camera instead of behind it? Do you enjoy acting or do you view it as a necessity? Are you happier directing an actor such as Dexter in playing the spanker?
Answer: It’s a love hate relationship with both of us. As a director there is only one place for me and that behind the camera. However with Sting is a bit like the sergeant major from the film Zulu. ‘You’re ere cause there no one else; you’re ere because you’re ere!’ This may surprise many but I really want to retire from the acting side. I am absolutely spanked out.
Yes I know there are dozens out there who would gladly fill my shoes and I feel extremely lucky and very very privileged to have been able to do what we have done….but I cannot take these films any higher if I am trying to act in them all the time as well. I can see what going on when I’m in front of the camera. I know Rob feels the same way too. At least in England we could call upon the excellent Dr Barton, that man playing a headmaster even scares me when he gets going! We could have Brett play a nasty prefect and all in the perfect clipped English accent or cockney drawl. We are training guys here and you will have no doubt seen some of them. Dexter is fantastic and betting better, We now have Scott Hart too along with Alex Granger but it’s going to be an ‘I’ll be back’ accent situation like the terminator till we can sort this out.
17) As a spanking enthusiast, how does it feel to have a lad with film star good looks, and a body to die for, such as Brett, Matt, Darren, Danny or Sebastian bare bottomed and across your knee? Do you now just view it as part of the job, or do you occasionally marvel at your own good luck?
Answer: Oh blimey why did you ask me that! OK I will tell the absolute truth here. Of course when you see some of the guys you fancy the pants off them any blue blooded individual would if that your type. It’s a natural reaction I don’t mind admitting it. However on a film set it’s very different. Anybody who has been on the set with us will tell you the same. When I’m directing a piece I am absolutely consumed by getting it right. Camera angles, lighting performance, etc. I could go on. The models are there to concentrate, act and earn their days pay. It really is the case that you don’t think much about it. If there is a reset going on and I’ve got say Sebi over my knee I look down and think my goodness what a butt but I usually quickly follow this by asking him is he wants to get up for a break, invariably they’ll say no I I’m OK down here. Then were back to work again and the moment is gone. The truth is you can never get turned on during a shoot but afterwards on some cold winter’s night…well that’s another story isn’t it! I have had my liaisons but that along with many other secrets are entrusted to me to keep. Also there’s is an old adage that applies here somewhere and it’s got something to do with sweets and sweet shops! It really does apply. When you haven’t got it you want it and when you’ve got it you don’t want it…..too much.
18) How important do you rate the aspect of humiliation in a spanking scenario? I don’t mean heavy S&M type humiliation, but rather the sight of bad lad being shamed and embarrassed as well as spanked?
Answer: Yes I think this is very much part of the story. Personally I’m not too much in to humiliation but I’d be foolish not to recognise that many are so we put it in when we can. Both Rob and I try to do something different that will suit the many different scenarios we shoot. This includes model characteristics too. Not what we would personally like but a good cross section of what the many would like but, as they say, you can’t please all the people, etc.
19) There is often a hint of humour in some Sting movies, and of course comedy featured heavily in scenes featuring corporal punishment in comics such as The Beano and Dandy published during the 1950. Do you believe that humour has a place in “spanking porn” and can in itself be sexy, if the handsome boy is the “butt” of the joke?
Answer: I’ve never been keen on headmaster portrayals for example that are just shouting sessions with the miscreant pupil being referred to as ‘boy’ all the time. My own experience with school was that many masters could be quite humorous some were ogres of course but humour even in discipline can work very well. It’s more the ‘way he tells em’ type of humour where suddenly without knowing it a serious piss take of the lad has taken place. A telling off can be both serious and amusing at the same time.
Brett and Dr.Barton
Dr Barton can do this very well, he did it with the runaway Brett in Approved Education II ‘Perhaps you could do us all a favour next time and run a bit faster!’ Behind the camera we were in stitches with Brett fighting to keep that sullen composure he produced so well with. Dr B. At the time he didn’t really have much time for Brett and I think the feeling from Brett was mutual? The scene was electric and now several shoots after they have become the best of friends. The Water Boys had some good fun in it and it gave you a better insight in to the boy’s real characters, it made the whole thing much more erotic and sexy because of the dramatic action leading up to the spankings, etc.
20) Would you like to tell us about the new Hornet venture and what your plans for it are?
Answer: STGs new studio Hornet Pictures had been in planning for at least two years. It will essentially make vanilla adult gay films. Vanilla is basically a term used to describe standard gay sex films, not specialist like Sting but standardised stories where gay sex takes place. There are many studios that make films like this but Rob and I wanted to bring a little bit of the magic we felt we have brought to sting, i.e. quality production technique. The first film from this studio is nearly ready to distribute and is entitled ‘The Secrets of College life’. There will be quite a few of the guys you know already from Sting and some you won’t have seen before.
We plan to follow this first film with a Borstal story. As with Sting much of the subject material will be retro but cinematographically styled to give a bit more edge to the finished film. What we had noticed was that the gay porn film industry was becoming a bit stale with the same old stuff being put on screen a sort of never ending wham bam thank you mam type of producing. I have long been an admirer of the late Jean Daniel Cadinot who as many of you may remember produced some true classics back in the days of 16mm like ‘Les Minets Sauvages (Wild & Crazy Boys) and Sacre College. I hope we can achieve this same sense of real film making with Hornet, let’s hope so but ultimately you will be the judge. From the spanking fetish angle there is a scene where Sebastian and Rowan hunter get a true old fashioned six of the best for getting down to it in the school storeroom! We had to do something for our friends in world of spanking.
21) Do you get the same enjoyment out of making non-spanking movies as you do making spanking ones, or do you enjoy the creative effort rather than the actual content?
Answer: About the same really, as I described above when we were shooting we are working and we are lucky to be doing something we love – making films. Any chance to exercise our creative skills on the set is the best time for us whether its is spanking, wanking or killing vampires. Creativity and content go hand in hand. You must be passionate about the subject or script and I’m not just talking about spanking here. As a director (and often the scriptwriter too) you must believe in the subject matter he is putting on to the screen. If any film director does this the passion will show on screen and a deep desire to be as creative as possible will follow naturally, result a great movie! Being able to actually indulge in film making is a privilege, the content doesn’t really matter and to have people watch and criticise your films is an even greater one.
22) Can you reassure your Sting fans that you will continue to make Spanking movies even if Hornet proves to be a great success?
Answer: Sting lives! There are no plans to change that but we have to face some home truths here. There is no crock of gold at the end of the spanking film making rainbow. I think it’s fair to say as a spanking studio we have taken Sting Pictures as high as it can go and there is a financial ceiling. We have never been in it just for money; we started because we were in to the spanking fetish scene.
However in the end you have to be practical about this. Films cannot be made without a budget, the budget comes from production income and with spanking films it is a very limited audience situation. I would love to spend much more on the spanking films but we know that at the end of the day the return just won’t stand it. Hornet on the other hand enters a market far more vast than the spanking fetish clique.
If we can build Hornet to be as successful in popularity as the Sting films then we have a market twenty times the size if not more. Film makers battle and crave for ‘the budget’ to get their next film made. If we can reap some decent return from Hornet then it can only benefit Sting. It already has with extra players in the scenes and the ability to double up in some stories which will give the Sting films an even better overall finish than they have now. On top of this we are introducing some new CGI processes with Hornet which will enable us to get an even greater sense of realistic portray in future Sting films too. How about ‘Roman School’ or ‘Tom Browns Other Days at Rugby’ now that would be something.
23) Do you have any other plans for the future or new ventures you have in mind?
Answer: I think we have enough on our plate right now but I’ve still to do my naval training ship epic T.S Morsus. This has always been my pet project and I want to make it really well.
24) I really enjoyed the “Instruments of Persuasion” series, do you have plans to make any more, or do you think you have exhausted the choice of instruments?
answer: If anybody can suggest some instruments we haven’t featured please do but only sensible ideas please, we just ain’t going to do cucumber spanking! We might break up history and do something like the history of the birch, etc. It has already been put forward as a production idea we were just waiting for an equipment upgrade to do it.
25) Do you plan to explore other spanking themes, such as domestic scenes, modern scenarios, or scenes set in other periods of history?
Answer: Yes we have never really covered the domestic scene properly and also some more modern day stories too. This was all brought up at at the weekly meeting last week actually. Dads and sons discipline we know is popular, Uncles and nephews too. We’ve never been drawn to it as much as the other subjects we make but market forces dictate so we will be producing some of this material soon. As mentioned above I would like to tackle classic Roman Greek or Spartan stuff too. We have waited for the right time to do this and its fast approaching I think.
26) What do you enjoy most about being Richard O’Shea the driving force behind Sting Pictures?
Answer: Well let’s face it I know I get to do some things others dream about but that’s the luck of the draw I suppose. Seriously, more over I enjoy developing the film ideas with the guys here and watching it grow in to the finished productions. What I would like to do is train them up to ensure my redundancy. It all has to end at sometime but it would be great if Sting could carry on the same way in the future and keep producing spank films that folks want to watch.
The following questions were submitted by members of the M_Spank_M and Stinglads groups:
1) I’d be curious to know, how Richard OShea locates the young men for the Sting videos.
answer: We use several agencies who specialise in finding models for the adult industry, two in CZ and one in the UK. We also get referrals now by word of mouth and quite often friends of the lads who already work for us. There are also one or two spotters who actually just go up to guys and ask them if they’d like to earn come cash. Bell Ami recruits a lot of guys like this.
2) What percentage of the models are straight guys doing it for the money, and what percentage gay?
Answer: This answer may not please all but at least 90% are straight. Eastern Europe is unusual in that many straight lads are happy to do gay for pay when it comes to adult film work. They often outperform their gay counterparts which is also unique to our geographical location. Things are slowly changing a bit though as more and more influence from the west of Europe slips in.
3) Were any of the guys involved in the spanking scene before working for Sting?
Answer: One or two were and some actually find they quite like it by just doing it. I can’t name names as we’re in already in a tricky area there as it is. A couple of the models you have probably seen get spontaneous hard ons after the event.
4) Were you spanked growing-up; If so why, in what form and from whom?
Answer: I was lucky I had great parents. If my brother or I misbehaved to the point of needing punishment all my father need to do was glance up to a high shelf in the kitchen. Hidden up there was a whippy instrument known I believe as a bulls piszzle (Actually a stretched bulls willy) that was enough to shut us up. I saw my older brother once get it on the bare bottom lying face down on the carpet. It was over in seconds, he howled, I was only a very little boy then and never ever knew to this day why he got it. My father threatened but never actually hit me. My mother tired of my behaviour one summer evening chased me round the kitchen with the said instrument and tried to make me officially bend over the kitchen table. I refused like a little brat and the chase was on again. We both ended up laughing with my apologising to her for being so naughty. I must have only been about ten or eleven I guess. She never bothered again. She’s gone now but forever to me she will always be the finest women that ever lived! Some people I know are not so lucky with their parents.
5) Do you prefer your boyz to be cut or uncut?
Answer: Truthfully its not a big issue with me I am happy with either.
6) Do you prefer shaved or un-shaved boyz?
Answer: I prefer shaved especially their butts but I can get quite turned on by hairy laddish legs!
7) Who was or is your favourite, and least favourite, Sting model?
Answer: I can’t really answer this as I treat them all the same and it would be terrible to have to actually name the least favourite. There’s good and bad in all of them. The captain of any troop has to be as impartial as possible and I try to do this with all the models.
I think I could mention David here though he’s one of the nicest lads I have ever met and doesn’t have a bad word to say about anybody. A lot of the lads would run neck and neck in a popularity race.
8) Which famous personality would you most like to spank, and how?
Answer: Celeb-spankO-fakes had me spanking Justin Bieber! I guess he would be a lot of people’s choice, but for me the young Rob Lowe would have been wonderful! Another choice would be Robby Benson!
9) What is your favourite spanking position?
Answer: Over the knee with legs spread. I also like the idea of on a bed with the guy wearing pyjamas.
10) Do you prefer over the knee hand spanking or using a cane, strap etc.
Answer: I prefer both really. I like over the knee hand spanking but also caning or birching over a vaulting horse or touching toes.
11) Do you think CP should be re-introduced in schools?
answer: I’m 50/50 about this. Certainly when I was at school it seemed to keep order. The very fact it was there was a deterrent. It’s a pity it has to be but if it works it works. Lots of people would argue against this off course. However in young offenders institutions when the offence is much more serious especially some of the more violent crimes against venerable people or pensioners then I think there is a place for it. If a lad felt the sort of pain he had summarily dished out maybe he would think again. How many times do we read this in the newspapers nowadays…lots!
12) Do you have a particular favourite among the films and downloads you have made?
Answer: I have always been happy with My Borstal Days. It’s an early one but it turned out better than we expected. It was one of the first full length features. As I mentioned in a previous answer I am never 100% happy with the finished film thinking in hindsight I could have always done it better. I think Tales from St Datchets Academy worked well too it’s another favourite.
One of the best loved Sting films is Grey Shorts, looking back at it I would love to re make it but then like all remade classics I would probably not capture whatever it was that made it so popular.
13) Paul was my favourite Sting lad. Do you think he will make a come back, or that you will find anyone to replace him?
Paul in the Punishment Book Series
Answer: Paul has now become Sting legend. It’s highly unlikely he will ever come back. One has to remember these guys grow up. He is a daddy now with several kids and is nearing his 30th birthday. We have waited for another Paul to walk in to the studio door for years and whilst one or two notables like Brett and Matt have filled the gap there was something about Paul that came over on screen that was irreplaceable.
The famous caning scene in Gray Shorts
I remember the evening I recruited him. A friend knew of him from his work in a builder’s yard and on his recommendation we took him for dinner at a Beefeater. He loved this type of restaurant. Later in the car I summoned up the courage to ask him if he wanted to work for Sting. My heart was pounding but I took a deep breath and spoke to him like I would have a young squaddie. At the end there was a pause then he simply said, ‘Yeah I’m up for that’ the rest is history, Thank goodness the agents do that nowadays!
Paul’s final scene was in Asian Incident
14) I love sports shorts – rugby shorts, football shorts, swimming trunks. Could your 6th formers be caned in these – and keep them on for most of the caning? In the 80s, football kits meant tight nylon short shorts – you can buy them cheaply now. I know you have those dark blue shorts but despite good lighting, only nylon really shows up a sportsman’s backside when it comes to caning! More sports themes and sight of your guys playing sports before being caught out and sent for caning would be great. Thanks for changing the market and keep going!
answer: I think we can incorporate this in fact I think we should, Its difficult to always get it right as there are so many schools of thought on this. I have often thought of shooting a scene where the lads get an entire caning over their trouser as it would have been in many schools. Also we try to use shorts now and again. Whatever the lad’s wear someone will want it different. Perhaps Jock spank could run a poll on this to give us an idea but back to your point yes we will try to do this in future. Summer is coming and shooting outside sports scenarios will be a lot easier. 15) Do you think Sting will ever return to the UK?
answer: One can never say never, but at this time we have no plans to return to the UK. In fact we were discussing where we would go next if it ever came up and further south was the consensus of opinion, warmer climes. Whilst keeping clear of politics and in reference to the demon journalist dramatic title I will always be a Brit but alas now from a generation who as a child was sold a dream about my country that never came true. God bless her.
End of submitted questionsThanks very much for taking the time to answer our questions, is there anything you would like to add, or anything you would like to say to Sting’s many fans?
It would be most rude of Rob and I not to thank everybody for their loyal support especially during the last month. Some comments were just wonderful, most appreciated. It may sound like a cliché but Sting really is only as good as the films we make. People who buy the films and downloads judge us on this fact alone. To all out customers and supporters especially Dr Skelps who runs the independent fan site so well what more can we say than one very big thank you.