Biographies

Knud Vesterskov—director:
Knud Vesterskov was born in 1942. He graduated in graphic design, then in fine art and as a graphic artist. He studied at art colleges in Århus, Paris, Rome, and Istanbul. Knud Vesterskov spent a period in the theatre in Århus and Amsterdam, and in Amsterdam he learned still photography. Nowadays he works mainly on short films and videos, graphic illustrations and book jackets, and photographs major campaigns.

Constance 2For some fifteen years he spent most of his time in the Middle east and South East Asia. He built a house in Bali and visited the head-hunters of Sumatra and the Philippines, where he studied mask dancing and rituals which he later used as a basis for mask theatre in Holland.

Since 1983 Knud Vesterskov has been working in the field of film and video. He co-founded “Trekanten”, an experimental video group. His productions fall into three main categories—scratch videos with dramatic, rapid, intense sensual bombardment, small faked highlights from splatter movies, and last but not least, poetic, sensual films just as relevant to underground milieus as art video festivals, where he has received a number of accolades.

Some of his latest films and videos have been shot in the US, primarily in New York.

Knud Vesterskov works mainly in English, as most of his screenings take place abroad, but he also loves working with modern Danish writers, such as Morti Vizki in Stolen Glances (1996, National Film Board of Denmark) and The Mulatto (1834), based on Hans Christian Andersen’s play, and shot in the Caribbean, New York and Copenhagen.


Constance 3Katja Kean


Katja Kean is the biggest sex star ever to emerge from Denmark, and the biggest Scandinavian sex star in recent memory. She has worked with some of the biggest names in erotic cinema – Andrew Blake, Michael Ninn - as well as appearing in Penthouse Magazine etc. In 1999 she was nominated for Hot d’Or and AVN Awards as best new starlet, and she has continued to be a favourite with audiences worldwide.


Constance was Katja Kean’s first Danish production, followed by the lead in Puzzy Power’s Pink Prison. She has since left adult films to successfully reinvent herself as a mainstream-actress, starring in the weekly sitcom Langt fra Las Vegas.


Anaïs
For the title role in Constance, Puzzy Power chose Anaïs (1978) a complete beginner in the sex industry; the bluest thing she had done prior to Constance was a nude photo of her taken by her significant other. But Anaïs had always enjoyed showing off her body, as she did at the Erotica 2000 Fair, where she worked when Puzzy Power noticed her. She has done some modelling, with clients include Stuhr and Esprit, but supports herself with a “normal” job.

Mark DuranConstance 4
Mark Duran (1969) is an American artist and actor whose work mainly includes film commercials and appearances on the Playboy Channel in Los Angeles. He was Playgirl coverboy in 1991. Constance was his first Danish production, but he has since appeared in many others, including Puzzy Power’s Pink Prison.


Niels Dencker
Niels Dencker is a wellknown photographer, born and raised in Denmark. He worked as a male stripper, and during his military service he was the national spokesman for the conscripts. His hobbies include rowing, and he has a side-line in alternative treatment (massage and healing).