Colin Farrell, better known as C. Farrell, is the editor and webmaster of World Corporal Punishment Research (also known as corpun), a website containing actual documentation, pictures and resources on real-life formal corporal punishment (CP) from around the world. He is from the United Kingdom. He refers to himself as "C. Farrell" to minimize confusion on the internet, because he shares the same name as the Irish actor Colin Farrell (born 1976), who is much younger than him.
Farrell has been researching into corporal punishment for well over forty years. His interest began at primary school when he saw other boys being spanked in front of the class. Later he attended a boys' grammar school where the headmaster administered canings on a more or less daily basis. He became particularly fascinated by the social dynamics of this process, and its place in the prevailing culture, as well as its wider implications in terms of deterrence, retribution, authority, rebellion and conformity. Later his interest extended to other cultures and other forms of CP, especially judicial. He was inspired to start this website partly by a growing sense that long-standing historical realities were being lost sight of in a new and different era.
World Corporal Punishment Research began in mid-1996. Farrell is at pains to point out that it is not intended as part of a "campaign" for or against anything. It is a historical record of things that have happened, with the odd opinion (clearly identified as such) thrown in along the way.