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“Gay Zombie Porn” & Censorship in Australia: Bruce LaBruce 'L.A. Zombie'

L.A. Zombie, Bruce LaBruce
Bruce LaBruce's L.A. Zombie, in which gay porn star François Sagat is a Los Angeles zombie (or a schizophrenic homeless man?) who uses (really kinky) sex to bring the dead back to life

What's a democracy? A place where police can raid someone's house because its resident has dared to show a banned movie? Nah. Those things would never happen in a democracy. By the way, one such instance has just taken place in Australia.

For holding a public “protest screening” of Bruce LaBruce's L.A. Zombie, a cinematic mix of sex & gore, at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) back in August, Melbourne police have raided the home of filmmaker Richard Wolstencroft, MUFF's founder and director.

You'd think Melbourne police would have better things to do, and you're undoubtedly right. But attempting to confiscate kinky “gay zombie porn” – which had already been destroyed – sounds like so much more fun than going after real criminals. Think about it.

The Australian Classification Board, a censorship group that acts as the mommies and daddies of Australians, had banned L.A. Zombie shortly before it was to be screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival last July. Hence MUFF's “protest screening.”

“We thought that police might come for the screening,” Wolstencroft was quoted as saying in Agence France-Presse. “But they didn't. We don't understand why they came after all this time.”

As per the IMDb, Wolstencroft's directorial efforts are Bloodlust (1992), The Intruder (1994), Pearls Before Swine (1999), and an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned (2008).

The filmmaker had previously found himself embroiled in controversy when in 2003 MUFF attempted to screen Holocaust denier David Irving's The Search for Truth in History. The screening was canceled at the last minute officially because of security fears.

LaBruce's L.A. Zombie, which features gore, explicit and simulated gay sex, and Los Angeles sights, has been shown at film festivals in Berlin, Toronto (ironically, gay movies recently faced censorship issues in Canada), Locarno, Moscow, and will soon be screened in Paris and São Paulo.

In a Aug. 18 entry in his L.A. Zombie diary, LaBruce wrote the following about his latest effort:

What started out as a modest conceptual idea for an art exhibition is now a minor motion picture set to go into post-production. … I knew we were trying to do something fairly ambitious for the extremely limited funds that we had, but in some ways I think we actually pulled off the impossible in a way. Sometimes pure force of will is all you can rely on.

The project may still turn out to be a fiasco, or it may be true art, but one thing is for sure: it was an intense experience that I'll never forget, no matter how hard I try.

Another source for this post: ABC News


         
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