At a swanky West-End lap-dance venue between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus in London, on the night of Thursday the 15th of March the third SHAFTAs (Soft and Hard Adult Film and Television Awards) were held by Television X.
With a ‘Shipwrecked Chic’ theme the atmosphere was sweaty and tropical, enhanced by in-character greeters who gave out garlands, helping to set the tone for a night of palm trees, Hawaiian shirts, bikini babes and hula dancers. Streaming video from the event, watched at Shafta.xxx, featured Tanya Tate interviewing porn stars and celebrities, including actor Danny Dyer and rapper/UK Grime star Lethal Bizzle.
Voted for by the public, thirteen awards were given on the night in a whistle-stop ceremony which soon became a party with a stage show of acrobats, pole dancers and hula girls. Organiser Claire Wigington was a blur on the evening but said afterwards, “The venue, Platinum Lace, was transformed into a… island jungle and tiki themed acts entertained the guests into the early hours of Friday morning.”
She added, “UK porn legend Ben Dover was presented with an honorary award – The Palm Phwoar! – for ‘endeavours in adult entertainment.’ The adult performer, real name Lindsay Honey, has been in the business for 33 years and after thanking Television X for the award, politely asked revelers to vote for his son, Outnumbered’s Tyger Drew Honey, who was in the final for Just Dance for Sport Relief.”
His award was presented by Chris Ratcliff of Portland TV, which operates Television X.
Other winners included:
Best Reality/Gonzo Series: Tanya Tate’s Sex Tour of Scotland, produced by Macondo.
Best Spoof Series: Pure XXX Films’ Royal Romp.
Best Series: Lara’s All Anal Adventures, with Jim Slip. Announced by East 17’s Terry Coldwelland producer Liselle Bailey.
Most Outrageous Scene: The Only Way Is Sex, Episode 5, featuring Stacey Lacey, Emma Butt, Kai Taylor and Jeff Keane. Announced by Bizarre magazine’s Alix Fox, in latex.
Best Sex Scene: Angel Long’s Porn Apprentice, Episode 2, featuring Angel Long, Lou Lou and Mai Bailey. Announced by Syren Sexton and Lethal Bizzle who seemed to enjoy the event, saying “F**k the MOBOs!”
Best New Starlet: Paige Turnah.
Best Anal Scene: Lara’s Anal Adventures, Episode 1, featuring Lara Latex, Kris Vicious and Rebecca Moore.
Male Performer of the Year: Danny D, who delighted the demanding audience with his traditional ‘helicopter’ impression!
Female Performer of the Year: Megan Coxxx. Announced by Danny Dyer and Tanya Tate whom he described, in Dyer-style, as “a right sort!”
Foreign Performer of the Year: Angel Rivas.
Best Studio: Kaizen XXX.
MILF of the Year: Tanya Tate for the third year running.
A highlight was a giant Pinata version of the golden SHAFTA award being clubbed to pieces by enthusiastic models, showering the crowd with sachets of ID lube in a variety of tropical flavours. A smashing end to a kinki tiki night.