Eyes Wide Open Cinema is teaming up with the University of Sussex's Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence and Centre for American Studies, to bring you a season of pioneering American queer cinema at Fabrica Gallery. We close with the 1996 Hustler White.
Doors will open at 7.30 and the event will begin at 8.00.
The film will have closed captions (English subtitles especially for D/deaf or hard of hearing attendees) and the event will have British Sign Language interpretation.
Directors: Bruce LaBruce and Rick Castro. 1996. USA. 79 minutes.
Hustler White follows lovelorn anthropologist Jürgen (Bruce LaBruce) as he heads to Los Angeles to research hustlers as a phenomenon. After Jürgen spots angel-faced trick Montgomery (bisexual supermodel Tony Ward), he falls hopelessly in love. The film introduces a bizarre array of LA’s most eccentric residents, including a born-again country singer, a razor blade masochist, a mortician-cum-dominatrix and an amputee fetishist, and with cameos by Ron Athey and Vaginal Davis. Inspired by Billy Wilder’s classic Sunset Boulevard but subverted with quintessential LaBrucian style, Hustler White is a roller coaster ride of sex, money, depravity and a little bit of romance.
“It’s disgusting, sick, filthy, pornographic and scary. But as far as disgusting, sick, filthy, scary porno films go, it’s not bad" - Sunday Mail
The screening will be introduced with a provocation from scholar Diarmuid Hester entitled: "What the Fuck is QUEERCORE? Or, Bruce LaBruce: Putting the ‘Gay’ Back in ‘Punk’ and the ‘Punk’ back in ‘Gay’ Since 1985"
Fabrica Gallery: https://www.fabrica.org.uk/
Venue Accessibility Information: https://www.fabrica.org.uk/accessibility
As well as online, bookings can be made during gallery opening hours by speaking to a member of the gallery team or at the Fabrica office during office hours.
This project is supported by Film Hub South East with National Lottery funds distributed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).