Erika Lust

Erika Lust

Film director


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Erika is a proponent of the female gaze and employs women behind the camera in all key positions. She has an ongoing Open Call for Guest Directors to get more women, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ people in porn, behind the camera.


Her company Erika Lust Films follow eight core values and principles to adhere to an ethical production process, and Erika has played a key role in advocating for the importance of paying for your porn to ensure safe working conditions and fair pay for sex workers.

Erika’s work has been awarded and showcased at festivals and awards ceremonies all around the world. In 2015, Erika gave her TEDx talk It’s Time for Porn to Change and in 2017 her story was featured in the Netflix documentary series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On.

In 2019 Erika was named as one of the BBC's 100 Most Influential Women of the Year. She also delivered a keynote speech at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival as part of the Berlinale Talents, titled 'Reinventing Porn: Erika's Ethics'.


In addition to her award winning filmmaking, Erika Lust is an established writer and author of five published books most of them translated to several languages; La Canción de Nora, Good Porn: A Woman's Guide, Love Me Like You Hate Me, The Erotic Bible to Europe, and the free downloadable e-book Let's Make a Porno. She serves as a commentator on topics such as sex, filmmaking, female sexuality, feminism, and the adult industry.

She has also authored essays for collections such as A Woman's Right to Pleasure and Coming Out Like A Porn Star, as well as a number of media publications including USA Today and Dazed.



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