I Want Your Love, is the first feature film directed by Travis Matthews. It follows the first sexual relationship two male best friends embark upon one night in San Francisco, before one of them leaves for the American Midwest.
I Want Your Love was meant to be screened at gay film festivals in Australia, at the end of a global festival tour, but the board has banned it from being shown anywhere in the country.
James Franco recently collaborated with this film’s director, on a film that explores sex as a story-telling tool in addition to censorship and personal, sexual and creative boundaries, Interior. Leather bar. A short film which premiered at Sundance festival. It is based on the 1980 gay film Cruising, which had 40 minutes of graphic sex scenes cut, and aims to explore the representation of gay sex and censorship.
Franco criticised the Board in a YouTube video, saying adults should be allowed to choose what they watch. He said: “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.”
Matthews issued a statement on the ban, saying that he wasn’t “shying away from sex” in the film. He added that he used sex “as a tool to show character development, interpersonal issues, intimacy, playfulness and something overall closer to the reality I’m familiar with.”
Six months ago the Board allowed Donkey Love, a documentary about a Colombian folk tradition where men have sex with donkeys to prepare them for relationships with women, to screen at film festivals in Sydney and Melbourne.
A petition to remove the ban already has over 2,500 signatures. Aimed at Lesley O’Brien, director of the Australian Classification Board, it says that while the film contains “actual sex, it is shown within a non-violent, intelligent and artistic narrative.”