You need a strong stomach: boozing, fucking and screaming by bald tattooed men who flirt with Nazi symbolism. What does LaBruce want to say?
Reinhold, a member of a skinhead gang in London, fucks his girlfriend Cameltoe in the kitchen. In the meantime, his friends steal, beat and fuck all over town on their way to Reinhold’s house. Cameltoe is not particularly pleased when the friends arrive. Without any hesitation, they plunder the fridge for anything they fancy. Cameltoe and Reinhold have a huge fight and Reinhold kicks her out the door, which his friends think is quite funny. When they realize they have no money, they decide to drop in on a rich faggot. For his film Skin Flick, commissioned by the Berlin porn production company Cazzo, Bruce LaBruce returns to the gay skinhead theme he used earlier in his cult film No Skin Off My Ass. This film certainly contributed to the fact that getting dressed up as a neo-Nazi skin is a militant statement and fetish for some gays. With style elements from (hard-core) porn from the sixties and seventies, Labruce provocatively juxtaposes the gay undercurrent of almost all fascist – and homophobic – movements with the gays’ sexualizing of fascist icons. –IFFR
Bruce LaBruce is a writer, film-maker, and photographer stuck in the gulag otherwise known as Toronto, Canada. He started out as a child, then quickly moved on to the production of homo punk fanzines (J.D.s [with G.B. Jones], Dumb Bitch Deserves To Die [with Candy Parker]) and super 8 movies (Boy/Girl, I Know What It’s Like To Be Dead, Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy’s Home Movies [with Candy Parker], Slam!). These products helped to launch the so-called Homocore or Queercore movement which corrupted a whole new generation of homosexuals.
In 1991 LaBruce released his first feature length film. No Skin Off My Ass – an exploration of the sordid relationship between a faggoty hairdresser (played by LaBruce himself) and a mute, handsome young skinhead – went on to become a world-wide cult hit. His follow-up feature Super 8 1/2 (1994) is a harrowing cautionary bio-pic about LaBruce’s rocky rise to cult stardom. LaBruce… read more