29 September 2011

This Friday at 10pm, Abandon Normal Devices festival (AND) is teaming up with Chew Disco and Homotopia for a late night screening of Bruce La Bruce's 'gornographic' affront to modern censorship, LA Zombie.

The film follows an undead drifter (played by porn star Francois Sagat) as he tries to make a new home for himself in Los Angeles, pursuing a slew of sexual encounters with dead young men along the way. 

AND found out more about Mr La Bruce's (or BLaB to his friends) obsession with zombies...

What inspired you to start making zombie films?
We live in a zombie world. There are zombie buildings, zombie banks, zombie economies, zombie nations. Zombies are the ultimate consumers and the ultimate conformists, and we live in the ultimate consumerist, conformist world. Even the gay movement has become totally conventional and conformist - gay zombies. It's a sad reality.

What was your reaction to LA Zombie being banned in Australia?
I had mixed feelings about being banned in Australia. Of course it immediately brought LA Zombie a tidal wave of publicity – the censorship story was featured on everything from Reuters to the Drudge Report to the Huffington Post! But I was also disappointed that people in Australia could not view the film. Otto; or, Up with Dead People was voted the third most popular film at the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival and the DVD was quite popular in Australia, so I know there was anticipation for my new movie.

Of course censorship should never be tolerated because when the state starts controlling what people can and cannot watch, where does it stop? Australia like many other countries, including Canada, is dealing with a wave of conservatism infringing on civil liberties. Australian customs are starting to search laptops and iPods for pornographic material, and the government there is even attempting to filter pornographic material from the internet. No government should ever exert this kind of control. 
Were there any other surprising reactions to the film?
I was actually surprised that LA Zombie was received so warmly by certain critics, particularly the Italian ones, when it premiered in competition at the Locarno Film Festival last summer. The Italian critics took it quite seriously and even explained to me what the film meant! They had elaborate interpretations and theories about the film, which was quite amazing to me. 

You can find the full interview on the AND website

The screening will start at 10pm at Wolsenholme Creative Space, 11-13 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool. Over 18s only. Suggested donation for entry is £2 with proceeds going to a charity TBA. The screening will be followed by live performances from Bad Taste Barbies and Severin