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LaBruce's Gay Zombie Porn Blocked from Melbourne Film Fest

Photo of Bryce J. Renninger By Bryce J. Renninger | feelingsoblahg.blogspot.com July 21, 2010 at 7:35AM

After the film was officially announced as part of the program and published in the catalogue for the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival (July 22 - August 8), Bruce LaBruce's latest film "L.A. Zombie" has been blocked from showing at the festival by the Office of Film and Literature Classification's Film Classification Board. The "Raspberry Reich" filmmaker submitted the softcore version of his zombie porn thriller to screen at the Melbourne festival, a version that includes no explicit anal penetration or non-prosthetic erect penises.
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After the film was officially announced as part of the program and published in the catalogue for the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival (July 22 - August 8), Bruce LaBruce's latest film "L.A. Zombie" has been blocked from showing at the festival by the Office of Film and Literature Classification's Film Classification Board. The "Raspberry Reich" filmmaker submitted the softcore version of his zombie porn thriller to screen at the Melbourne festival, a version that includes no explicit anal penetration or non-prosthetic erect penises.

Commenting on the board's decision, LaBruce made the following statement: "Censorship in any form should not be tolerated, but to ban a film that one programmer at a major festival has called 'a masterpiece of melancholia' is truly beyond the pale." The film follows an alien zombie (French porn star François Sagat) who emerges from the ocean and continues on to find dead bodies in L.A. He proceeds to bring these dead bodies back to life by having sex with them. LaBruce's last film, "Otto; or, Up with Dead People," for which "L.A. Zombie" is somewhat of a sequel, screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and the 2008 Berlinale.

"L.A. Zombie" will debut at the Locarno International Film Festival on August 5. It is also slated to screen at Paris's L'Etrange Film Festival and the Sitges Fantasy Film Festival prior to other fall festival screenings.

This article is related to: Melbourne International Film Festival