Forget sourdough and jigsaw puzzles—this film says to wank and wiggle instead

Somesuch director Raine Allen-Miller created a song and film about pleasuring yourself during lockdown

Published On
May 26, 2020

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During the pandemic people have taken up hobbies like making sourdough bread, jigsaw puzzling or cross-stitching. However, this film from Somesuch director Raine Allen-Miller suggests that instead, maybe you should devote your time to pleasuring yourself. 

“Wank Wiggle” features a new track that Allen-Miller wrote herself in response to being on lockdown. The lyrics delightfully relay the frustration of isolation but also serve as a cautionary reminder to keep safe inside. 

“Isolation reaching the peak,” she sings. “There’s a way to get through this ladies. It’s down to us. Close our doors, and open up our legs. Social distancing is driving me crazy. There’s only so much ‘Tiger King.’ But there’s a world that’s really struggling, so stay indoors, release and treat your little thing.”
 
With stylish, colorful scenes depicting ladies in various states of enthrallment—whether it be with a dildo, vibrator, index finger or washing machine—the video actively encourages women to “just get up on yourself.” The film happens to drop in time for International Masturbation Month.

Like many other creators during the pandemic, being quarantined has proved to be a muse for Allen-Miller. But unlike the loads of sentimental fare we’ve seen, she wanted to step out of the box to create something more uplifting. 

“I got a little down about some of the earnest stuff that’s coming out,” says Allen-Miller. “This time has given us a chance to really look at ourselves, and I thought it would be fun to look for the positive in that write a funny song, take the piss out of the smug people that are making their own sourdough.”

And, as a creator, she says she just needed to keep making stuff. “I love shooting, I love working with people and I really missed that,” she says. 

The whole process, from the time she took to write the song to the film production itself, took about two months. As with many shoots these days, Allen-Miller says it involved a ton of “zooming” and sending production packages to the talent featured within. Most captured themselves on iPhones, on their own or with the help of friends they were isolating with. 

“I felt this urge to show the skill of filmmakers,  producers, casting directors, choreographers, DOP’s, production designers, wardrobe, and I was determined to make something that showed the level of craft we could achieve with limited tools,” Allen-Miller explains. 

The biggest hurdle for her, she says, was stepping out from behind the camera to be in the film itself—she appears in the television set in the opening scene and then up close, at around 30-seconds in.

“I had a bit of a meltdown,” she says. “Oddly it was quite triggering even though it was just me and my dog in the room. I felt really exposed and self conscious about it, I was worried the whole, written by, directed by, starring stuff, but honestly it was convenient. I knew exactly how I wanted that sourdough caressed and bog roll [toilet paper roll] costume modeled."

Credits

Date
May 26, 2020
Director :
Raine Allen-Miller
Production Company :
Somesuch

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