PRINT January 2005


Jonathan Romney on Tracey Emin’s Top Spot

TRACEY EMIN’S DEBUT feature film, Top Spot, is named after a nightclub in her hometown, a sexual utopia for local girls where, as she recalls in voice-over, “We’d snog and kiss, be fingered, titted up.” But “top spot,” she tells us, also refers to sexual intercourse in which the tip of the penis touches the cervix: “I mean,” comments Emin, sounding altogether outraged, “who would ever call a teenage disco ‘Top Spot’?”

The artist now has a further reason to feel aggrieved. Top Spot was scheduled for UK theatrical release in December but was given an 18 certificate by the British Board of Film Classification, which deemed it unfit for minors because of a suicide scene (in fact, an almost euphemistically discreet series of shots: a drip of blood on a razor, bathwater turning pink). Rather than cut her film for a 15 certificate, Emin chose to withdraw Top Spot from UK distribution, although it

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