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At the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 1970s, Amsterdam was the countercultural capital of Europe. It was where Suck, The First European Sex Paper was published. Around the same time two Wet Dream Film Festivals were organized. The first was held in the autumn of 1970 and had an international jury consisting of Germaine Greer, Jay Landesman, Richard Neville, Michael Zwerin, Didi Wadidi and Al Goldstein.

The first prize went to Bodil Jensen in A Summer Day. The "Blast from the Past" award went to Jean Genet's film: Un chant d'amour. The Walt Disney Memorial Award went to Christie Eriksson's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Other prizes were awarded for Peter Flemming, Walter Burns and Falcon Stewart.

The Second Wet Dream Film Festival was held in 1971 between October 20 and October 25, again organized by Jim Haynes. Festival jury included Germaine Greer, Al Goldstein, William Holtrop, Didi Wadidi, Anna Beke and Michael Zwerin plus new-comers Mama Cass, Roland Topor, Heathcote Williams, William Burroughs, Carlos Clarens, Tomi Ungerer, Betty Dodson, Marie-France and Miss Angel. Jens Frosen (“Quiet Days in Clichy”) documented the event.

Lou Sher, president of Sherpix, who picked up “Adultery For Fun and Profit” at the first festival, put up $1,000 for the first prize this year plus a promise of U.S. theatrical distribution. Organizer Haynes told Variety: “What most people don’t understand about last year’s Wet Dream Festival is that we are not concerned with pornographic aspects primarily, but with the libertarian concept. It is an attack on paternalism because it asks why people can’t see any image they want.”

Wet Dreams (book)

  • Title: Wet Dreams: Films & Adventures Presented by Suck.
  • Author: (SUCK). William Levy
  • Description: Amsterdam: Joy Publications,
  • Designed by Willem de Ridder.
  • Profusely illustrated throughout.
  • In part an illustrated catalogue of the festivals
  • Incl. contributions from and/or interviews with Jim Haynes, Betty Dodson, Felix de Mendelssohn, Jim Haynes, Al Goldstein, Ron Reid, Mel Clay, Brion Gysin ("Sister Vaseline"), Lynne Tillman, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and many others, plus a catalogue of all films shown at the two Wet Dream Festivals.
  • "arguments about how to create revolutionary porn," and true stories from festival participants. *Banned from Britain at the time, and "the end of the civilized world as we know it" wrote Rolling Stone.

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