Trouble down under: SF indie film banned in Australia


Cuddle porn, banned in Oz? The Australian Classification Board took exception with auteur Travis Mathews' tender look at life and love among gay men in San Francisco -- which included explicit sex scenes. Film fanatics at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Sydney's Queer Screen, and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival will be missing out on Mathew's work -- I Want Your Love was scheduled to screen at all three this year.

Look, James Franco is sad too. "This seems really silly," the actor says, wearing an absolutely interestingly patterned t-shirt and blonde head of hair in the video statement below. "I don't think we'd be having this conversation if he'd made a very violent film." Franco and Mathews recently collaborated on the film Interior. Leather Bar., inspired by the 40 minutes of S&M footage excised from the 1980 Al Pacino film Cruising:


Just as it did in 2010 with Bruce LaBruce's gay bloodbath LA Zombie, the Classification Board deemed I Want Your Love's sexual content "gratuitous." The term struck a chord with I Want Your Love's supporters, who may fail to see the connection between their film's depictions of real-life gay sex and LaBruce's necrophiliac plotline/erect zombie prosthetics.

"This is movie about gay life and relationships," wrote the president of local gay porn company Naked Sword, Tim Valenti, in an editorial for Huffington Post that will be posted later today (we are sneaky/his press person sent us the op-ed text early-like.) Naked Sword produced I Want Your Love. "If we wanted to just sell sex, we could have made another porno," Valenti writes. "But where’s the challenge in that?"

You can check out I Want Your Love on the Naked Sword website. Here's Marke B.'s review of the flick from when it screened at the 2012 Frameline Fest

I Want Your Love (Travis Mathews, US, 2011) Local director Travis Mathews' first full-length feature — produced by porn impresario Jack Shamama and the good, pervy folks at Naked Sword — is so beautifully shot, edited, paced, and true to life for a certain young, scruffy, artsy fag demographic (not to mention brimming with explicit sex scenes) that you probably won't notice that hardly anything happens plotwise. A cute performance artist named Jesse, played by one of our top performance artists also named Jesse, is getting ready to move back to Ohio due to those all-too-familiar San Franciscan money woes, but maybe also to forge some deeper connection to life. That's about it. The true joy here is seeing most of the Bay Area's gay underground arts scene nailing peripheral roles: Brontez Purnell hilariously steals the movie, cute naked gay boys abound, and the whole thing really does come off as a lovely West Coast boho version of last year's UK indie hit Weekend, with more fog and condoms.


It's OK to say "fag" again? Is "retard" back in play too?

Posted by Orwell's Uterus on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 10:21 am

you seem to be missing this point in your CONSTANT pathologization of language. Just be prepared to be called an asshole if the situation warrants. And yes, it's OK to say asshole, too.

Posted by marke on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 10:32 am

Only self hating gay men use "asshole" as pejorative!

Posted by marcos on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

Even though marcos is intelligent and somewhat informed, that compulsion leads him to write completely ridiculous stuff which, regrettably, diminishes the import of those things he correctly comments on.

No, marcos, it is not the mark of a "self-hating gay man" to use "asshole" as a perforative any more than it would be the mark of a self-hating hetero or bi-sexual man to use the term "pussy" that way.

Real trolls are stubborn in posting rubbish, so the fact that marcos just slinks away when proven wrong is a point in his favor.

Posted by lillipublicans on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

You're slipping, lilli, you forgot to assert the primacy of class struggle.

Comrades Stalin and Trotsky alike would have been cross with you, as would Chairman Meow have been.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

since I once mentioned how the working class got ripped-off by Reaganomics.

Comrade Geobbels isn't going to grade you on a curve you know.

Posted by lillipublicans on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

which terms are PC or not. Both "fag" and "queer" appear to be back in fashion, while nobody can agree on whether "tranny" is PC or not.

It's hard work being PC.

Posted by anonymous on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 10:37 am

we're still so beautiful. How DO we do it?

Posted by marke on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 11:05 am

is truly in the eye of the beholder, darling. Also, I don't think "pathologization" means what you think it means, but thanks for playing! Big words are hard!

The point is, you and your fellow SFBG Soldiers for Social Justice writhe and wail about words like "tranny" and "fag," yet you freely use them yourselves. Personally, I prefer "retard," the difference being that while I realize that some might find it offensive, I simply don't care.

Posted by Orwell's Uterus on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 11:35 am

you don't care. That's why you can't stop commenting. At some deep level the ever-changing limits of language -- and the suggestion you may be censured by communities you're clearly obsessed with -- have warped your daily behavior, causing you to comment constantly, a fountain of regurgitative babble that attempts to ward off such imagined censure. Lacan himself couldn't have come up with a better case study.

Posted by marke on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 11:53 am

by pathologization, sweetie.

Posted by marke on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 11:53 am

Most members of "oppressed communities" would not "stop the show" when someone is inartful in speech but does not express hostile intent to deal with it.

A small number would. If most members of "oppressed communities" wouldn't stop the show under such circumstances, then what gives those who would veto power to speak for and over everyone else?

When words are used as a prejudiced, bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic bludgeon or weapon, sure, stop the show. But as a matter of pure table manners, it diminishes rather than grows movements as we've seen over the past 30 years.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

slapping down any progressive he sees around him, he's going to quit disparaging the movement and lead it to victory. All hail the great marcos, arbiter of truth and light.

Posted by lillipublicans on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

Now that we've got that settled, I command you to quit posting stupid shit.

Posted by marcos on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

a megalomaniac and intellectual vandal to be "stupid" -- do you?

Posted by lillipublicans on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 7:25 pm
Posted by lillipublicans on Mar. 07, 2013 @ 12:30 am

I don't think the "managing editor" should be so thin-skinned, if she insists on constantly spraying the territory she's meant to be editing.

As for your diagnosis, it's as goofy and lazy as most of your attempts at seriousness. If you didn't welcome comments, then the opportunity to comment wouldn't be found at the end of each post. Stick to your little disco stories, sweetie -- you're good at those! -- and leave Lacan to the grownups.

Posted by Orwell's Uterus on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

So Naked Sword is peddling a "tender" film "brimming with explicit sex scenes" and "nothing happens plotwise".
What's the difference between this and porn? Why is this not gratuitous sex?

Posted by Guest on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

As a radical feminist this is a tenet of my beliefs. It doesn't matter if it's men or wimmin, cis or trans, gay or straight - it's all denigration. We should oppose this type of filth which breeds violence. Sexuality should not be commercialized.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Mar. 06, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

I see... Australia bans a gay film for explicitness and it's social justice. The US dares to do likewise, it's big brother homophobia. LOL! You progressives crack me up!!

Posted by Mario on Mar. 07, 2013 @ 8:13 am

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