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Politics and Porn: Presenting Bruce LaBruce

Today marks the release of our biggest and most ambitious short to date, Refugee’s Welcome, produced by me and directed by the incredible, prolific Bruce LaBruce! 

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As I reach the 10 year anniversary of Lust Films, I’m so honoured to work with one of the most important voices in pornography, film making and queer culture! Bruce LaBruce, the self-proclaimed Prince of Homosexuals, is famous for controversial and highly political film making, writing and photography, which is why there was no one better suited to make my first ever gay short starring two men, Refugee’s Welcome.

Bruce first shot to infamy in the 1980s when he produced a super influential zine alongside G.B. Jones called J.D.s which accelerated the queercore movement far beyond their hometown of Toronto, Canada. The zine and the movement expressed the same discontent with society as the punk movement, although from a particularly gay viewpoint, and some say it was was the starting point for an entirely new and necessary movement.

These days LaBruce is a film maker, with over 30 years of work under his belt, plus an artist, photographer and a writer for major publications like VICE. He even produced a project based around his own fragrance, Obscenity, a word that has followed him throughout his career and he now sees as a badge of honour. I’m in awe of his work and as a writer and film maker myself, he’s definitely been an inspiration and an influence!

His photography, like his films, explores the taboos around queer and trans culture. More often than not, they’re completely explicit, iconic and representative of the queercore generation. His work is deliberately abrasive, some might say revolutionary! It’s punchy, proactive and unforgettable, and I love it.

Of course, his films have always sparked controversy due to their depictions of the hard right, political statements and explicit pornography. The catalogue is exclusively gay, featuring punks, skinheads, neo-Nazis, aliens, vampires and sadomasochistic tendencies. LaBruce’s 1999 film Skin Flick was so shocking that it provoked protests at many UK cinemas. It depicts a group of neo-Nazi queer icons who abuse a wealthy, multi-racial couple, before the tables are turned and they are abused themselves. It’s hard to grasp this as enjoyable pornography, but LaBruce’s work is more than pornography. It’s political activism. LaBruce feels that depicting powerful figures in porn, allows us to remove or transfer that power, something he believes is very cathartic. Considering the majority of us watch porn, it’s surprising it isn’t used more for political purposes.

Our recent endeavour together, Refugee’s Welcome, seeks to humanise asylum seekers who are often lumped into numbers in the media and considered too serious a subject to explore in parody. The narrative explores the story, history, desires and human needs of one Syrian Refugee, who after suffering a hate crime, will have an encounter where neither origins nor skin color will matter but only compassion, understanding and the universal rules of attraction. In an interview with Konbini, LaBruce said “with Refugee’s Welcome I wanted to show not only that refugees are not a statistic or a group of displaced people merely to be pitied or dealt with as an abstraction, but also that they are real, multi-dimensional people with emotional and sexual lives.”

To me this is such a moving story. Not only does it seek to shed necessary light on racism and a huge current humanitarian problem, it’s also my first gay short, and I’m so excited to share it with you! Shot in Berlin, it’s a striking reminder of a huge crisis taking place in Germany. Berlin’s also prominent for being one of the queer capitals of Europe. There are so many important aspects to this XConfession, so I’m so grateful to get to work with Bruce LaBruce to realise it! You can read more about Refugee’s Welcome here.

You can find more info about Bruce LaBruce and his website here!

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