A steamy and anarchical artist, Bruce LaBruce has operated under a queer pseudonym since the 1980s, to evade censorship while reinventing explicit art within Toronto’s punk-gay scene. No Skin Off My Ass (1991), his first feature film in which he plays an effeminate hairdresser in love with a skinhead, was a gateway to his films about crazy love, exploring sexual, social, and filmic margins – an example of the latter being the iconic Hustler White, 1996. Since then, Bruce LaBruce has thwarted the alphabet of cinema: between the Warholian art film, B-grade, X-rated, Experimental, and Z-grade (Otto; or Up with Dead People and L.A. Zombie, 2008–2010). Gerontophilia (2013), a romantic comedy between a teenager and an octogenarian, continues his work of undermining the norms of the dream machine. Even the title of Saint-Narcisse (2020), presented at Venice, manifests a quest for a clearly iconoclastic cinema, also at work in his recent pornographic productions.
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No Skin Off My Ass (1991) - Super 8 1/2 (1994) - Hustler White (1996) - Skin Flick (1999) - Come as You Are (2000) - The Raspberry Reich (2004) - Sugar (2005) - Give Piece of Ass a Chance (2007) - Otto, or Up with Dead People (2008) - L.A. Zombie (2010) - Gerontophilia (2013) - Pierrot Lunaire (2014) - Ulrike's Brain (2017) - The Misandrists (2017) - Flea Pit (2018) - Saint-Narcisse (2020)