Sydney-based web series ‘The Grindr Guide’ explores body image, racism and ageism in gay dating app. Local filmmaker Damien Dunstan has released the first webisode of an eight-part series that explores how Sydney’s gay men are using Grindr. The web series, titled ‘The Grindr Guide’, follows the lives of
five different Sydneysiders as they navigate their way through issues of race, body image and ageism while using the geo-based application. The Grindr Guide is the first web series of its kind and uncovers the various ways gay men use Grindr through the eyes of real men and their experiences. Filmed during Mardi Gras in 2012, the web series questions preconceptions that exist around ‘geo-social’ applications and online dating.
“Grindr has the reputation of being a hook-up app, and I wanted to see how justified that stigma is,” said Damien Dunstan, Director of The Grindr Guide. “What we actually found is that people are using Grindr for all kinds of reasons: we followed guys who use Grindr to make friends; those who use it as a starting point for more traditional dating; and of course, there’s a significant portion that do use it purely for casual sex.”
With over 150,000 Sydneysiders using Grindr in 2012 (Internal figures, Grindr, 2012), the harbour city proved to be the ideal base for investigating these different social scenarios. Sydney currently ranks 6th in the world in terms of Grindr users which equates to 4th in the world per capita falling behind Paris, Los Angeles and Chicago while Australia has the 4th largest number of users worldwide at 250,000 (Internal figures, Grindr, 2012). The Grindr Guide also includes interviews with Grindr CEO and creator Joel Simkhai, and Melbourne-based comedian Nath Valvo known best for his show ‘Grindr: A Love Story?’
About The Grindr Guide:
Brainchild of Sydney filmmaker Damien Dunstan, The Grindr Guide follows the lives of five gay men as they explore sex, dating and friendships through geo-based application Grindr. The eight-part web series was filmed over a six month period during early 2012 and debuted on YouTube in March 2013. Visit The Grindr Guide Youtube channel: follow @TheGrindrGuide on Twitter and Like The Grindr Guide on Facebook.
– Episode 1 – Sunday 3rd March
– Episode 2 – Sunday 3rd March
– Episode 3 – Tuesday 5th March
– Episode 4 – Thursday 7th, March
– Episode 5 – Sunday 10th March
– Episode 6 – Tuesday 12th March
– Episode 7 – Thursday 14th March
– Episode 8 – Sunday 17th March
With more than 4 million users in 192 countries, Grindr is the largest all-male mobile social network in the world. Since its launch in 2009, Grindr has become a leader in the quickly expanding social networking realm and sees nearly 10,000 new users every single day.
Damien works as the Web & Design Coordinator at Metro Screen