Nudist camps, transsexuals, penis transplants, exploding breasts…these are the plot devices that distinguish the work of the woman who ranks as one of the most prolific female directors in film history. Doris Wishman worked solely in the realm of adults-only pictures, stuffing more than two dozen films with nudity, simulated sex, and other exploitable elements. A fiercely independent director, Wishman wrote, produced, and distributed most of her films herself (often using pseudonyms to conceal her one-woman show). Her idiosyncratic style, lurid subjects, and low budgets have kept her movies under the radar of mainstream tastes, but a devoted cult has grown that appreciates her bizarre tales of sexual tension.
Originally trained as an actress (a classmate was Shelley Winters), Wishman first found work in film distribution. After the death of her first husband, she decided she needed to take her mind off the loss and embarked upon production of her premiere film, Hideout in the… read more