Censorship Strikes Again

By June 13, 2013 Blog

Queer Screen have announced a special fundraising screening of ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’ the latest release from controversial filmmaker, Travis Mathews. Featuring an exclusive presentation of an interview with Mathews following the screening.

Mathews gained noteriety in March this year for his provocative film “I Want Your Love”, which was consequently banned from the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, plus the Melbourne and Brisbane Queer Film Festivals. Controversy surrounded the Classification Board’s decision to ban the film, given that less than 12 months before, the board had granted permission for the screening of a film depicting bestiality.

In his latest film, “Interior. Leather Bar”, Matthews has teamed up with actor/producer/filmmaker, James Franco to create another contentious feature film inspired by cult 1980 film, “Cruising”.

More than 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumored to be cut and destroyed from “Cruising” in order to avoid an X rating. Inspired by the mythology of this lost footage, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews have collaborated to reimagine the cut scenes. Shot over a day and a half, this powerful film depicts real sex as James Franco and Travis Mathews explore the limits of sexual and creative freedom. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about exploration of sexuality, “Interior. Leather Bar.” defies easy categorisation.

For more on the film, visit www.interiorleatherbar.com

Screening is at Dendy Newtown, 23 June 2013, 7pm. Tickets available at Daisy Tickets.