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Before making it big, this celebrated Hollywood director worked as a gay adult filmmaker

Openly gay British director Wash Westmoreland is receiving praise for his recently released film Colette, a drama (which stars a trans man) about a 20th century French woman battling her husband for credit over her literary achievements. The film is already getting Oscar buzz and is definitely worth seeing in theaters.

But many people don’t realize that long before he directed this historical biopic, Westmoreland directed gay adult films like Dr. Jerkoff and Mr. Hard, Naked Highway and The Hole, a 2003 parody based on the horror film The Ring.

What’s astounding is that Westmoreland directed 10 gay porn flicks using a version of his real name, Wash West. (Though he also directed one using the name Bobby Dazzler.) He also wrote many of the films. You can find a list of his porn work on his IMDb.

While working an adult film director, he filmed some of the biggest names in the biz, including Ken Ryker, Jason Adonis, Adam Killian, Blake Harper, Eric Hanson, Jason Branch and more. He also produced a handful of films like Genderella, Devil is a Bottom and the 2001 political porn parody The Florida Erection: No One Likes Bush.

Washington Westmoreland, The Hole

Westmoreland’s best-known directorial adult film effort is the JetSet flick The Hole, a supernatural spoof about a mysterious VHS tape that, when watched, turns its viewers totally gay within seven days.

Naturally, the acting is terrible and features lots of identical white jocks having wild sex. But its reputation as a lost favorite comes partly from its ridiculous plot and its being based on a massively popular horror film.

That being said, even Westmoreland’s earlier adult film work shows ambition. His 2001 film, The Fluffer isn’t a porn at all but take places in the gay porn world, following a young fluffer who falls for a self-destructive adult film star.

In 2006, Westmoreland left the adult film genre completely with his breakout indie hit Quinceañera, a film about a 14-year-old girl in L.A. who gets unexpectedly pregnant before her 15th birthday celebration. The film won a handful of awards, including a GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Film. But even it featured a subplot about a rugged young Latino teen who has a threesome with a gay white couple, demonstrating Westmoreland’s continued artistic interest in gay sex despite leaving the adult film world.

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