Morgana is an artistic character portrait of a 50-year-old housewife, who re-invents herself as a sex-positive feminist porn star. After 20 years as a dutiful housewife stuck in a loveless, sexless marriage, Morgana has had enough of her dreary life. Desperately lonely and starved of intimacy, she books a male escort for one last hurrah before ending it all. Her final night takes an unexpected turn when her relationship with the escort opens up a new world of personal and sexual freedom. After hearing about a competition for first time erotic filmmakers, Morgana directs and stars in a film about her own story, ‘Duty-Bound’. Unexpectedly it wins, catapulting her into the international Feminist Porn community, taking her from Australia to Berlin. Life merges with art as Morgana uses erotic filmmaking as a tool for creative catharsis, while struggling with demons from her past.

“A former homemaker-turned-feminist and age-positive pornography pioneer, Morgana Muses’ story is unique. In her forties, she was unhappily married in a regional town in Australia and actively planning to kill herself. A decade later, she is an award-winning international erotic art star who shook off the shackles of domesticity and took her destiny (and much more besides) into her own hands. The celebratory and thoughtful Australian documentary that bears her name is unsurprisingly frank, bold and thoroughly fascinating.”
– Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

“An in-your-face fearless look at a woman to be respected, loved, and held as an example of the ever-changing times.”
– Liz Whittemore, Reel News Daily

Morgana is the feminist mid-life anti-crisis porn doc you didn’t know you needed.”
Bust Magazine

“Extraordinary, deeply relatable and touching.”
Screen Anarchy

Feminist porn is pornographic and erotic content created with an overarching sex-positive ethical framework guiding its practices. The term stems from the social movement of women’s sexual liberation. The terms “sex positive”, “feminist” or “ethical porn” denote a belief that sex and its related pleasures are not inherently bad or wrong. Instead sex positive creators believe sex is a natural and healthy part of life for consenting adults. This view follows through into sex work, with sex positive feminists rejecting the idea that all sex work is exploitative. Instead they see sex work as a viable economic and sometimes liberating choice for women.


Isabel Peppard & Josie Hess, Australia, 2019, 71′

directed by Isabel Peppard, Josie Hess
cinematography Josie Hess, Isabel Peppard
editing Julie-Anne De Ruvo
music Jordan Gilmour
featuring Morgana Muses, Stoya, Eva Sless, Jiz Lee, Judith Lucy, Shine Louise Houston, Anna Brownfield, John Oh, Petra Joy, Candida Royalle, Zhara Stardust, Scarlet Blissand, Jake Etalon, Josie Hess, Alex Mann, Kim Cums, Rob Paulson, Caritia Arbell, Candy Flip, Bishop Black, Eva Medusa Gühne, Isabel Peppard, Theo Meow, Marina Lee, Francesca D’amico, Michelle Flynn, Paula Eichhorn, Mad Dame, Tua
produced by Karina Astrup


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