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.”
Famous first American film of Czech director Milos Forman. It tells the story of a group of parents whose children have run away from home. The parents take the opportunity to rediscover their youth.
It features a number of memorable set pieces, including an open-mic record label audition which is weaved throughout the film, featuring a number of female singers (including a young Carly Simon and a haunting acoustic ballad by a then-unknown Kathy Bates) performing old standards, folk ballads, and rock songs; a meeting in which a group of generally middle-class conservative parents are taught how to smoke marijuana; and a raucuous but sweet game of strip poker played by the adults.
Whether Taking Off is caricature or dead-on is, presumably, all a matter of perspective and distance. But it’s definitely hilarious: A deadpan Buck Henry effortlessly dominates as a milquetoast, and the supporting weirdos are all aces. (In his first on-screen appearance, Vincent Schiavelli leads a pot-smoking tutorial for concerned parents wanting to understand their runaways better: “That’s called ‘bogarting’ the joint, and it’s very rude.”) It’s also a true New York movie.
The Prom It’s a Pleasure is a well-produced color film that stars the 1961 Coca-Cola Junior Miss Pageant winner as the guide to a well-mannered prom night.
From the phone call asking Junior Miss for the date, to the drop-off at the end of the night, this film details prom etiquette for the curious and uncouth teenager. It also explains that the boy should call his date’s mother before the dance to find out the color of her dress so he can match the corsage to it.
Wholesome sixties movies often dealt with American morals, and this prom night film is a classic example. At the high school dance itself, the film shows how to dance, how to ask someone to dance, ways to ask someone to dance, how to fill out a dance card, and how to navigate the refreshments, which consisted mostly of Coca-Cola, not surprisingly. In addition to all the prom do’s and don’ts etiquette tips, this film features great footage of a typical sixties prom.
When our society went from “buying to replace” to “buy to be happy”, the effect snowballed over the decades with the force needed to keep from experiencing a real existential crisis.
Once Upon a Honeymoon is a 1956 musical sponsored film about a couple wishing for a new home. It starts off with a group of angels who decide to help a couple have a honeymoon. The husband (Jeff) tries to write a song, while the wife (Mary) daydreams about a new home, and imagines what it would be like to have the latest household products with the help of the angel. The angel then helps the man come up with a new song called “A Castle in the Sky”.
The film was directed by Gower Champion, and starred Virginia Gibson, Ward Ellis, Alan Mowbray, Chick Chandler, Veronica Pataky and Russell Hicks. In recent years the film has gained a small following, after it was mocked on the show Mystery Science Theater 3000. It is in the public domain.
Mom discovers her son’s stash. Instead of smacking him senseless, his chain-smoking, boozing dad lectures him on the dangers of pot smoking. Tom decides to discover the Truth for himself and learns a harsh lesson before deciding to “Keep Off The Grass”.
Keep off the Grass is a educational film written, produced and directed by Sid Davis. Like all of Sid Davis’s films they were made very heavy handedly. Tom gets in trouble when his mother finds a joint in his room. Instead of punishing Tom, his father challenges him to learn more about marijuanas evil effects on society. Nobody gets killed in this Sid Davis film, yet Tom still learns a harsh lesson after being mugged by druggies and learning that his best friend sells pot to school children. One of the last Sid Davis films to focus on drugs.