Eyes Wide Open Cinema is teaming up with the University of Sussex's Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and Centre for American Studies, to bring you a season of pioneering American queer cinema at Fabrica Gallery.

The film will have closed captions (English subtitles especially for D/deaf or hard of hearing attendees) and the event will have British Sign Language interpretation. 

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Directors: Bruce LaBruce and Rick Castro. 1996. USA. 79 minutes. 

“John Waters once said "Gay is not enough," and I feel the same way about transgression—it's not enough. It's how you express the idea of transgression, or the concept of it. So what I've done is, I've taken things that are taboo and shocking, and I've tried to make them more human, more romantic, against expectations.” - Bruce LaBruce 

Educated in cinema under the tutelage of film theorist Robin Wood, Canadian DIY filmmaker LaBruce started his career in the late 1980s, where he became known (and sometimes infamous) for formally experimental films that addressed shocking or taboo subjects, even on the margins of queer culture itself. LaBruce was inspired to work with photographer Rick Castro, after viewing a short film featuring interviews with hustlers. 

Hustler White follows lovelorn anthropologist Jürgen (Bruce LaBruce) as he heads to Los Angeles to research hustlers as a phenomenon. After Jürgen spots angel-faced trick Montgomery (bisexual supermodel Tony Ward), he falls hopelessly in love. The film introduces a bizarre array of LA’s most eccentric residents, including a born-again country singer, a razor blade masochist, a mortician-cum-dominatrix and an amputee fetishist, and with cameos by Ron Athey and Vaginal Davis. Inspired by Billy Wilder’s classic Sunset Boulevard but subverted with quintessential LaBrucian style, Hustler White is a roller coaster ride of sex, money, depravity and a little bit of romance.

Provocation: "What the Fuck is QUEERCORE? Or, Bruce LaBruce: Putting the ‘Gay’ Back in ‘Punk’ and the ‘Punk’ back in ‘Gay’ Since 1985" by Diarmuid Hester

Find out more about accessibility at Fabrica. As well as online, bookings can be made during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office during office hours.

This project is supported by Film Hub South East with National Lottery funds distributed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).

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