A scene from L.A. Zombie

A new movie by controversial queer filmmaker Bruce LaBruce has been banned from being screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival.

LaBruce’s L.A. Zombie was refused a rating by the Australian Classification Board which reportedly described it as “gay zombie porn”.

Ironically, the director said that the film that was to be screened at the festival was the “soft-core” version “which features no explicit anally penetrative sex”.

L.A. Zombie – starring gay adult film star François Sagat – is described on Wikipedia as being about “a homeless schizophrenic [who] thinks he’s an alien zombie sent to earth, roaming the streets of Los Angeles in search of dead bodies (either finding the bodies or witnessing a murder), trying to bring the dead back to life by engaging in homosexual sex.”

Responding to the ban, LaBruce said 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.”

After the soft-core version of L.A. Zombie has been screened at film festivals around the world, the filmmaker apparently intends to release the x-rated version.

Canadian-born LaBruce has made a career of merging b-grade-style art-house film with explicit imagery. A number of his films have been screened at the Out In Africa Film Festival in South Africa in the past.

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