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The Rise and Fall of a Porn Superstar

A Storyville documentary, filmed over seven years, that follows porn star Jonathan Agassi and explores the impact that both the industry and his upbringing have had on his life.

When 23-year-old Israeli Jonathan Agassi arrived with a bang on the gay porn scene in the late 2000s, his rise to fame was stratospheric, revolutionising the industry. After a traumatic childhood growing up gay in the suburbs of Tel Aviv, the man behind the performer claims that porn saved his life, but at a cost.

The Rise and Fall of a Porn Superstar charts Agassi’s journey from prolific adult superstar to male escort, battling many demons. Filmed over seven years, this unflinching, emotional and at times funny and shocking film explores the deeper and more devastating reasons for Agassi's self-destructive behaviour with sensitivity and compassion.

The film also provides a rare and intimate insight into an industry that prioritises hedonism and fantasy above all, but at its core, this rollercoaster tale is a rare portrait of a damaged family and its lasting impact on those who are part of it.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:11

    White Plains

    When You Are A King

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Tomer Heymann
Producer Barak Heymann

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