Australia Bans Gay Hardcore Movie 'LA Zombie' at Film Fest

Jul 21, 2010 10:30 AM PST
MELBOURNE — Gay hardcore film "LA Zombie" won't be seen at the upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival because it was refused a classification exemption by the Australian Film Classification Board.

Censors concluded that implied sex with dead bodies by an alien zombie in Los Angeles, breached local community standards. But, later, the same board said it could be released in Australia as an adults-only DVD if it were submitted for classification.

The film stars a galaxy of blue-chip gay performers — Francois Sagat, Rocco Giovanni, Wolf Hudson, Eddie Diaz, Matthew Rush, Francesco D'Macho, Adam Killian — and was made for less than $100,000 in Los Angeles last year.

In the movie, Sagat is a homeless schizophrenic who thinks he's an alien zombie sent to Earth. While roaming the streets in search of corpsesad bodies he tries to bring the dead back to life by engaging in sex.

The movie's director, Bruce LaBruce, said that the board's decision "gives me a profile I didn't have yesterday.''

''My first thought was Eureka,'' he told the Age. ''I'll never understand how censors don't see that the more they try to suppress a film, the more people will want to see it. It gives me a profile I didn't have yesterday.''

Fiona Patten, Australian Sex Party’s President and Victorian Senate candidate, said the censors' decision to not classify the film is "an utter and complete embarrassment, but sadly not unexpected given our dysfunctional and prudish classification scheme here in Australia."

"Only in Third World countries and Australia do zombie films like this get effectively banned from film festivals," Patten told XBIZ.

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