Cultfilm: BUT preview – Bruce LaBruce
BUT Film Festival previews a retrospective of early Bruce LaBruce films at WORMs Cultfilm. His first feature and his recent shorts films will be shown.
We are honoured to announce the main attraction of our annual festival) at this WORM preview! No less than one of the primary filmmakers of the New Queer Cinema Movement that emerged in the late 1980s and early 90s in America. It is fair to say that, in contrast to directors such as Todd Haynes, Gus van Sant and Gregg Araki, Bruce LaBruce never entered the mainstream and always kept his ‘BUT-factor’.
LaBruce’s sexually explicit films are also politically potent. Bruce LaBruce wants to kick sacred cows and in his films he lets different ‘isms’ collide: feminism encounters sexism, marxism on fascism, and also themes such as racism, transgenderism, neo-Nazism, and radicalism hedonism. The political and philosophical context of Bruce LaBruce’s work contrasts with playful sexuality, where he explores social taboos, including BDSM (‘No Skin Off My Ass’) and sexuality in the elderly (‘Gerontophilia’). All this using a ‘vital’ film language where style, experiment and the pleasure of low budget filmmaking are central.
No Skin Off My Ass
(Bruce LaBruce, 1991, black&white, 73 min)
A lonely hairdresser watches the title sequence of “That Cold Day in the Park” then visits a local park to invite a down-and-out skinhead to his apartment. He runs the silent man a bath and talks to him as he soaks. He locks his guest in a bedroom is there sexual interest?
Fantasies can come true.
Shot in grungy black&white, No Skin off my Ass didnt skip on shock effect and became an infamous cultfilm.