James Franco upset by gay film ban

2013-03-05 21:19

Sydney - Hollywood star James Franco has lashed out at Australia for banning the US gay-themed film I Want Your Love, calling the decision embarrassing.

Australia's Classification Board deemed the movie's sex scenes too explicit and refused to allow it to be screened at the upcoming Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival.

Franco, best known for roles in the Spider-Man trilogy, blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and his Oscar nomination-winning turn in 127 Hours, said adults should be allowed to choose what they watch.

'Very hypocritical'

"I don't know why in this day and age something like this, a film that's using sex not for titillation but to talk about being human, is being banned," he said in a YouTube appeal to the Classification Board posted on Monday.

"It's just embarrassing. I hope you'll reconsider."

The film, about a young gay man in San Francisco returning to his Midwestern roots, was directed by Travis Mathews, who collaborated with Franco on Interior. Leather. Bar., which premiered at the Sundance Festival in January.

Franco said Mathews was "using sex in such a sophisticated way".

"It's how we create children, it's how we connect," he said.

"To keep it away from films that want to explore it as human behaviour is very shortsighted and I think very hypocritical. I don't think we would be having this conversation if he had made a very violent film."

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival runs from 14-24 March, and the Brisbane edition is held from 5-14 April.

Watch James Franco address Australia's ban of the movie here:


  • Toni Watson - 2013-03-05 22:39

    Gays cant create children....

      Azihsam Amanz - 2013-03-06 01:25

      Idiot!! This is about the movie, if you dont know what to say just shut up.

      Leon Olivier - 2013-03-06 10:37

      You're 100% correct Tony but damn you have to give it to us, we try really really hard.

  • Chaze Damonze - 2013-03-05 23:18

    Franco's point is quite valid. Why is gay sex so wrong but torture movies and other violent movies fine? Is it even gay sex being shown? Its a gay themed movie with sex in it. If you dont wanna see it, simply don't watch it. Damn! Is it really that hard to do. I dont like justin beiber so i dont listen to his music... Simple

      Lorain Maseko - 2013-03-06 05:46

      i would ban it here in sa too,we have enough immorality as it is

  • garth.labuschagne - 2013-03-06 07:12

    Lorain you are an idiotic person! What is immoral about being gay? Instead let a man be polygymous (go google it if you are confused) and then place him in a position to run a country. You, mam, should just shut your big mouth

  • Jacques Van Der Linde - 2013-03-06 09:50

    James, if you are going to comment on anything gay, just please attempt to look faaaabulous and lose the Hawaiian shirt. How is anyone supposed to be taken serious in that??

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