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The Bruce LaBruce film L.A. Zombie, starring gay porn actor Francois Sagat, has been banned by the Melbourne International Film Festival, Reuters reports:

"The Australian Film Classification Board concluded that implied sex with corpses by an alien zombie in Los Angeles, breached local taste standards. 'L.A. Zombie' will receive a world premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland on August 5, before its North American bow at the Toronto festival in September, according to the film's producers. It was to have screened in Melbourne on August 7 and 8. Director Bruce LaBruce said the censors viewed only the softcore version of his film, 'which features no explicit anally penetrative sex.'"

Said LaBruce in a statement: "Although apparently the Australian Classification Board has no problem passing all manner of mainstream torture porn movies which feature, amongst other things, the rape and dismemberment of women, it's interesting that they have no stomach for a movie that reaffirms life."

You may recall Sagat as the subject of a crucifiction painting by Australian artist Ross Watson.

Watch an extended trailer for L.A. Zombie (graphic, some parts nsfw), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Sagat will also be seen in the forthcoming "L'Homme aux Bain" -- the latest from Christophe Honore ("Love Songs," "Dans Paris," "Ma Mere")

    He co-stars with Dennis Cooper.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 21, 2010 9:13:51 AM

  2. Ugh. Good for Oz. This looks completely stupid, and I shudder at anyone who's into the subject matter. Good cinematography though.

    Posted by: Frozen North | Jul 21, 2010 9:30:00 AM

  3. I thought that was a porno movie? I guess not.

    Posted by: Tom A. | Jul 21, 2010 9:38:20 AM

  4. Looks to me like the film board did everyone a favor... including the filmmaker, because otherwise no one would ever see this except at future Midnight Cult Film showings.

    It's LA, the zombie just needs a good cosmetic dentist.

    Posted by: stephen | Jul 21, 2010 9:42:48 AM

  5. It may look completely stupid, but now the people in Australia don't actually have a choice to see it or not.

    Big brother strikes again, and the censorship cheerleaders clap like seals.

    Posted by: Gridlock | Jul 21, 2010 9:48:00 AM

  6. Your opening line says the film festival banned the film - it was the Australian OFLC.

    The OFLC's decisions on what is banned and what is not, surprises me all the time...

    All they've done is given the film more publicity than it ever would have received on the front page of a major Australian newspaper.

    Bruce La Bruce said he was 'delighted' about the decision! Ha.

    Posted by: Jack | Jul 21, 2010 10:07:16 AM

  7. I feel ashamed to be Australian at times like this.

    A world-respected film festival (the biggest in Australia) having a film banned is just disgraceful no matter what your opinions are about the filmmaker or the movie itself. And for "breached local taste standards" of all things. Who are they to say what our taste standards are?

    I had no desire whatsoever to see "LA Zombie", but this is disgusting.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jul 21, 2010 10:19:05 AM

  8. 1) Bruce La Bruce is a talentless dude, I'm sure he is nice (He isn't) but as a director and writer he is AWFUL. I keep waiting for him to get better but he fails every time.

    2) L.A. Zombie is unwatchable, It is SO BAD. Slow, confusing, boring, lack of plot focus. His ideas are OK (Hustler White could have been an amazing movie) but somehow he just fucks it up, maybe he hires terrible actors too, dunno as they rarely make any impression.

    3) Censorship is bad, Way to go Australia, you stopped all 10 people willing to pay for this! Still available on the internet though....

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jul 21, 2010 10:23:12 AM

  9. this is a clear unjustifiable infringement on is most censorship. As such it should be condemned. But...I don't care for bruce labruce at all. "Transgressive" for the sake of it isn't innovative or interesting. This is just giving him underserved attention, and free publicity.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 21, 2010 1:05:10 PM

  10. Didn't LaBruce also do "Otto; or, Up With Dead People"? How many gay zombie movies can one man make?

    P.S. I actually liked "Otto."

    Posted by: homoDM | Jul 21, 2010 1:08:17 PM

  11. I'd watch Francois Sagat open his mail.

    Posted by: Donald | Jul 21, 2010 2:11:25 PM

  12. Wait, was this really "banned" or did they choose not to show it. I'm not especially a fan of Bruce LaBruce's films. I find them to be unpleasant porn and not much more.

    Posted by: db | Jul 21, 2010 2:43:38 PM

  13. If it makes anyone feel any better about censorship (and it probably shouldnt) a pretty succesful video game compamy by the name of Valve had to heavy edit all the gore out of their zombie game series Left 4 Dead to get past Australia's extremley conservative standards. I get the impression they're just very zombiphobic in Australia...

    Posted by: g_whiz | Jul 21, 2010 9:01:39 PM

  14. DB, film festivals are given an exemption from film classifications on the basis that all films are only allowed to be viewed by people over the age of 18 (unless they're kids films in which case they can be rated, etc) but the film was "refused classification", which means that it's had its exemption revoked.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jul 21, 2010 9:43:24 PM

  15. Hooray Donald!

    Posted by: Brion | Jul 21, 2010 10:47:53 PM

  16. I love Bruce La Bruce. He's very punk rock. You just have to understand that, then his movies make a LOT of sense! His movies are FUN. I LOVED Hustler White. It was funny and fun and sent you on a journey...what more can you ask for in a movie?

    The previews to this movie looked fun, too. Very punk rock, very in your face. A fun trip. I like the mix in his movies. He is a true artist.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 22, 2010 12:24:20 AM

  17. TRUE ART

    (the 3 worst video-watching minutes of my life)

    Posted by: rick | Jul 22, 2010 4:38:47 AM

  18. As an Aussie, I can state that the stupid censorship of my country is really not an issue because we just buy the international versions of everything online. Everything is so ridiculously expensive here, that it's usually cheaper to buy that way anyway. Go figure. It won't make a difference. The 10 people who would have paid to see it, will see it anyway.

    Posted by: Ali | Jul 22, 2010 10:54:30 PM

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