Bruce LaBruce gay zombie film banned in Australia but might come to TIFF
Controversy-driven Toronto filmmaker Bruce LaBruce can’t understand why people don’t want to see his film. L.A. Zombie, about an alien zombie who finds dead bodies and has sex with them to bring them back to life, was scheduled to screen twice this week at the Melbourne International Film Festival but has been pulled due to concerns that it was too pornographic. LaBruce objects, stating the film is largely meant to be an allegory on homelessness and there aren’t any explicit shots of penetration—or at least no more than his last film Otto; Or, Up With Dead People, which was voted third most popular at the 2008 Melbourne film fest.
Whether the movie will come to Toronto’s film festival this year isn’t yet clear. While LaBruce has said the film will have its North American premiere at TIFF in September, film festival organizers aren’t so sure. A spokesperson told the Globe that it hasn’t decided whether it will include the film in its lineup and pointed out that the film isn’t a Canadian production. Still, the chances of zombie porno at TIFF this year: fair.