Undoubtedly, one of the most subversive and iconoclastic 'gay' auteur filmmakers working in the world today, Canadian auteur Bruce LaBruce has managed to assemble the perfect insanely idiosyncratic marriage between arthouse and pornography and sardonic satire and biting political incorrectness with aesthetically and thematically revolutionary works like No Skin Off My Ass (1993), Hustler White (1996), The Raspberry Reich (2004), and Otto; or Up with Dead People (2008). His upcoming film, Gerontophilia (2013), will be LaBruce's most mainstream work to date which, although not featuring any of the aberrant-garde pornographic imagery typical of his previous works, deals with a totally taboo sexual relationship between a young white twink and an old black man and has already been described as a sort of 'gay Harold and Maude.' In this interview, Soiled Sinema asks LaBruce about his cinematic influences and singularly eclectic filmmaking career, as well as his thoughts on the 'mainstreaming' of gay culture.
Soiled Sinema: Kurt Cobain apparently hailed you as his favorite filmmaker after seeing your feature-length debut No Skin Off My Ass (1993). Do you have any other infamous/famous fans?
SS: What were the main film influences for Hustler White? Does it owe more to Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950) or Paul Morrissey's Heat (1972)? Were you also inspired by The Blind Owl (1992) directed by Reza Abdoh?
SS: A number of your films have dealt with neo-nazism. Do you have any plans for similarly themed works in the future? How about a Ernst Röhm biopic?
SS: You have portrayed/parodied both fascists and communists with your films. What political persuasion do you find more "erotic" and/or "fetishistic" and why?
SS: What inspired you to direct two quasi-pornographic zombie films? Are you a fan of the subgenre or slightly more ambivalent? What are your favorite zombie flicks and did any of these inspire Otto; or Up With Dead People (2008) and L.A. Zombie (2010)?
SS: With the mainstreaming of 'LGBT culture,' have you felt a rising backlash from critics? Have you ever been accused of being a 'self-loathing homosexual?'
SS: You're undoubtedly the most prolific filmmaker of the "Queercore" (aka homocore) movement. What links homosexuality and punk rock? Do you believe that Darby Crash's 'gayness' was an innate attribute of his art?
SS: What are your thoughts on popular mainstream gay films like Brokeback Mountain (2005) and its effect on society as a whole?
SS: Politically speaking, what inspired you to direct The Raspberry Reich (2004)? Were you in any way inspired by Fassbinder's The Third Generation(1979)?
SS: You have directed a number of films in Germany using mostly German actors. Is there any reason why? Do you prefer working in Germany as opposed to American/Canada?
SS: Where are your films most popular? Do you have a larger fan base in Europe or North America?
SS: You have directed a number of films that have been described as "art porn." Do you see any intrinsic similarities between pornography and arthouse films? What directors do you think were most successful in synthesizing the two?
SS: Do you believe that porn can make for potent political propaganda? Can you name any examples?
SS: Your upcoming film Gerontophilia (2013) has already been described as the "gay Harold and Maude." What inspired you to direct this film and when can we expect it to be released?
For more on Bruce LaBruce and his films/projects, checkout his official website http://www.brucelabruce.com/