In The Matrix (1999), the club where Neo meets Trinity is an actual BDSM club in Sydney. The extras were all patrons of the club who wore their own gear.


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In The Matrix (1999), the club where Neo meets Trinity is an actual BDSM club in Sydney. The extras were all patrons of the club who wore their own gear.



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  2. Huh, I’m literally rewatching this as we speak (unrelated, I watched Jurassic Park yesterday and thought what the hell, why not go on a Hall of Fame binge).

    Cool bit of trivia, OP thank you.

    Unrelated, but blew my mind just now: when Switch calls Neo "coppertop" in the car when they first meet, she’s calling him a battery. Duracell batteries were nicknamed coppertops back in the day. It feels odd when a reference clicks 20 years down the line.

    I can’t help but link to that moment in the opening scene where the ball dropped and you realised you were in for a mindblowing, balls-to-the-wall, insanely special treat before Y2K would kill us all. God, this is such a brilliant movie.

  3. Huh I found this ancient article from 1998 and this seems to check out, it’s called "The Hellfire Club".

    >The Sydney Star Observer has reported (and the film’s publicist has confirmed) that the Keanu Reeves future-thriller Matrix recently wrapped a sequence at the Hellfire Club, one of Sydney’s local S&M clubs. Another report in the Sydney Morning Herald described a recent shoot featuring Keanu Reeves in "black boots, black combat-cool kit [?], white shining teeth and a blood-red wound sewn into the shoulder of his battle-torn black T-shirt."
    >
    >Meanwhile the cast has been receiving training from kung-fu filmmaking king Woo-ping Yuen in how to lay the leather on the ominous Bad Guy (played by Australian Hugo Weaving) who leads a legion of ‘Agents’ against those who are aware that the Matrix exists. Variety, meanwhile, reports that the production recently completed an elaborate stunt involving a helicopter that crashes and sends two men spinning through the air like a pendulum.
    >
    >The paper also reports (possibly confirming Cinescape Online’s source last week?) that the Wachowski brothers have picked up the alias "the Wacko brothers" on the set.

  4. Coincidentally, there used to a club with BDSM themes in Chicago that was called ‘Club Neo’, which I thought was the place where that scene was filmed, lol.

    Fun info though, thanks for sharing!

  5. It’s also based on an industrial club in Chicago, where the Wachowskis used to party, they’d have a lot of leather and bdsm/cyberpunk nights.

    The name of the club? Neo. 😎

  6. So the matrix trilogy was on HBO last month and I decided to watch it for the first time. I DID NOT EXPECT THE MASSIVE ORGY in the 2nd movie at all! Communal orgy the second you get back to base? Hahahaha

  7. I interviewed the owner of the club for a university assignment many years ago. Pretty cool guy. Don’t know how honest he was being but apparently Keanu would occasionally do gravity bongs in his trailer before a scene

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