Travis Mathews' "I Want Your Love" -- which has been screening at festivals for the past year -- has now been banned in Australia, where it was scheduled to play the Melbourne Queen Film Festival, Sydney's Queer Screen and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival.
James Franco, who collaborated with Mathews on "Interior. Leather Bar." (they co-directed the film, which recently premiered at Sundance) has released a video expressing his support of the filmmaker, asking Australia to reconsider. "He was using sex in a very sophisticated way," Franco says of Matthews in his video. "I don't think we'd be having this conversation if he's made a very violent film."
In a statement, Mathews writes: "With my films I have always sought to capture honest and intimate depictions of modern gay life with everyday men,..this involved a throughline of intimacy and that meant not shying away from sex,..[sex is] a tool to show character development, interpersonal issues, intimacy, playfulness and something overall closer to the reality I'm familiar with."
You can buy "I Want Your Love" on DVD and watch the trailer here. Watch Franco's video below.