“For the inaugural episode of Protagonists of the Erotic, James Taylor-Foster explores the idea of an island. Thrusting up amidst bodies of water, these liminal spaces glimmer with possibility. Recovering from a long illness that left him bedbound for weeks, he navigates the urban island of Långholmen. Located in Sweden’s capital and known to be a historical cruising site, the rugged landscape of Långholmen brims with desire. The first installment of our series belongs not only to Stockholm but also to another archipelago city – Venice. There, accompanied by the ebb and flow of the crowd, we are reminded of Luchino Visconti’s iconic 1971 film, Death in Venice. Between these two islands, rock formations transform into interlocking figures pleasuring each other, the surroundings becoming charged with erotic potential.”
Featuring excerpts of Thomas Mann’s 1912 novella, upon which Visconti’s film is based, read aloud by Cat Winter. Editing and sound design by Tobias Withers. Introduction and outro voiced by Johnny Vivash. Produced by the Extra Extra team.