Poor Sirpa Lane. The Finnish beauty surely didn’t know how to pick ’em… film roles, that is.
Lane was a talented actress who only appeared in a handful of erotic films, some of which happen to be amongst the trashiest and most notorious in the history of the genre. She first gained fame playing the lead role in Walerian Borowczyk’s arthouse bestiality fantasy The Beast (1975), where she’s raped by the hirsute titular creature. (Don’t let my description fool you; it’s actually a good film.) Five years later, she reprised that role and that rape scene, only this time in outer space, in Alfonso Brescia’s jaw-droppingly ridiculous quasi-remake The Beast in Space (1980). To make matters worse, hardcore porn inserts were spliced into the film using a body double for Sirpa, which certainly wasn’t going to land her any serious film roles in the future. Her Euro-sleaze credentials also include Joe D’Amato’s Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals (1978) – weird softcore sex and violence in typical D’Amato fashion- and the film featured on this Danish poster, Mario Caiano’s Nazi Love Camp 27. I haven’t seen the film, but judging by the poster, it has everything you’d expect from an Italian Nazisploitation film – rape, torture, and copious amounts of female nudity against a World War II backdrop..
Lane retired from acting after 1983’s Exciting Love Girls, her not-so-glamorous acting career definitively ended by an AIDS-related illness. She died in 1999 at the age of 47.