Secret Sex Lives of Australian Women and Secret Sex Lives of Australian Men are a twin-set of documentaries that are provocative, emotional and at times unbelievable. In each of the one-hour programmes, real Australians invite us into their bedrooms for some pillow talk that will make the whitest sheets blush.
With deeply intimate scenes and a gripping exploration of real-life sexuality, all of the stories feature incredibly honest and candid interviews, with experiences ranging from racy to heartbreaking.
Revealing statistics form the backbone of the narrative of each programme. For example, “40% of Australian women use vibrators – double the global figure of 21%”1 introduces someone who enjoys masturbating so much that it’s her main pastime; and “62% of women in their 50s want more sex” introduces a woman who survived advanced cancer and loves group sex. “6% of Australian adults have never had intercourse”3 introduces a 39 year old virgin who wonders how a sex life passed him by; and “20% of gay men have been married or in de facto relationships with women”4 introduces a man who was married for 28 years and still knew he was gay.
Throughout both programmes, commentary is provided by sexuality researcher and author Dr Kath Albury, whose insights provide social and historical context.
1. Durex Sexual Wellbeing Survey, 2007.
2. Australian Study of Health and Relationships, 2003
3. Doing It Down Under, 2005.
4. Marriage and Family Review, 1990.