The ground-breaking film, produced 19 years ago in Toronto, shows not only whip cracking basics but also how to use those skills safely and erotically in SM scenes. It was vetted by an army of lawyers at the time to make sure it met Canada’s Victorian standards, and it was, in fact, the first SM how-to film approved for sale in Canada by the Ontario Film Board. It continues to be perhaps the best film its genre — educational, informative, entertaining and arousing. Whip master Robert Dante had already claimed his place at the top of the whip hierarchy with a widely popular appearance on HBO’s “Real Sex.”
In that era, Dante saw his role as a crusader for the acceptance of alternative lifestyles. To demonstrate one aspect of the lack of Canada’s critical and legal fairness, Dante drove to Buffalo, NY and mailed a copy of his film to himself in Toronto. It was confiscated by Canada Customs, deeming it obscene. After Dante blew the whistle, the national newspapers enjoyed a field day publicizing the curious notion that a Canadian-made video which was legal to be sold in Canada could be considered illegal at the two-inch line marking Canada’s border from the United States. The video was released.
Nineteen years later, there still seems to be a double standard about this film. Dante enrolled it in his fulfillment company Createspace’s Amazon pay-per-view program on April 6. The process would take 60-90 days, they said. On Aug., 15, Dante received word from their subsidiary Createspace that the film and its advertising posters were rejected.
Nearly two decades after it was created, the world’s unofficial censors still treat it like a loaded gun to be kept out of the hands of children — no matter what their actual age. Dante is amused, because you can still buy the dvd on Amazon, where it continues to sell well. “It’s nice to see how far we’ve actually come,” said Dante, a bullwhip expert and author who also is a 4-time Guinness World Record holder. “The film will still be on pay-per-view, but four months later than I’d planned and with a different outfit than Amazon. A shame.”