VENICE, Italy—Harmony Films director Gazzman recently wrapped the latest production in his Young Harlots line. For this edition, Gazzman moved from the Scottish castles he usually shoots in, to the streets of Venice, Italy.
"When we walked through Piazza San Marco in our short skirts, the crowd just parted," British porn performer Samantha Bentley said. "It was unreal."
Gazzman is used to shooting Harmony's long-running Harlots series in Scottish castles—after all, he grew up in one—and in European porn capitals Prague and Budapest, but until this month's Venice shoot he had been cautious about getting "too public," he says.
"Pubic, yes," he says, "but public, no. Shooting the necessary Young Harlots upskirt photos off Venice's Rialto Bridge was as terrifying for me as it was exhilarating for the girls and titillating for the tourists and natives."
Bentley was joined by Hennessy, Mira, and Coco as well as international male performers Marco Banderas, Ian Scott, and Tony DeSergio for the shoot, arriving at their sleepy island inn amidst a water taxi strike that forced the crew to improvise.
"It worked to our advantage," Gazzman says, "because now we have very exciting footage of porn stars in and among the native population."
In addition to Gazzman's shoot, much of the cast dressed itself in the latex fashions of Atsuko Kudo for Harmony director Scarlett Revell's as-yet-unnamed glamour-porn series, heading to the center of Venice for a night scene.
"We finished up the night with Marco popping champagne in the middle of Piazza San Marco," Bentley said. "It is unbeatable footage."
Gazzman says shooting porn in famous international locations is thrilling.
"But you weigh the thrill against the fear of arrest," he said "Still, if (legendarily girl-crazy Italian leader Silvio) Berlusconi can get away with it, so should we."
Harmony Films' Young Harlots in Venice will be released later this year.