Review: ‘The Advocate for Fagdom’

Pic about queercore filmmaker Bruce LaBruce reps an entertaining item that will go down well at LBGT-themed fests before resting its case as a DVD extra for future LaBruce box sets.

Gallic helmer Angelique Bosio argues persuasively in docu “The Advocate for Fagdom” for celebrating queercore filmmaker Bruce LaBruce, the director of such seminal features as “Hustler White” and “The Raspberry Reich.” With its impressive list of witnesses for the defense, interview material with LaBruce himself, and judicious blend of clips from his work and appearances, pic reps an entertaining item that will go down well at LBGT-themed fests before resting its case as a DVD extra for future LaBruce box sets.

Working its way chronologically through LaBruce’s bio and oeuvre, pic accessibly reveals how a Canadian farm boy worked his way up through the underground scene in Toronto and New York to become one of the grand, middle-aged men of the New Queer Cinema. Interviewed friends, collaborators and general admirers (including Harmony Korine, Gus Van Sant, a typically droll John Waters) all chip in, praising LaBruce’s transgressive, confrontational aesthetic. Some contributions are a bit pretentious, but then it’s sometimes hard to swallow big intellectual claims for films that feature so much schlock horror and hardcore gay sex as “Otto: or, Up With Dead People” does. Look is low-budget but serviceable.

The Advocate for Fagdom

Docu - France


A Le Chat qui Fume production. (International sales: Le Chat qui Fume, Choisy le Roi, France.) Produced by Stephane Bouyer, Gildas Le Tourneur Hugon. Directed by Angelique Bosio.


Camera (color/B&W, HD), Bosio, Stephane Bouyer, Kenneth Thomas, Garry Sykes, Jane Battement; editors, Amelie Massoutier, Bosio. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama Dokumente), Feb. 15, 2011. Running time: 91 MIN.


Bruce LaBruce, Glenn Belverio, Bruce Benderson, Juergen Bruening, Rick Castro, Jey Crisfar, Vaginal Davis, Rupert Goldsworthy, Ernest Hardy, Richard Kern, Harmony Korine, Javier Peres, Susanne Sachsse, Jack Sargeant, Gus Van Sant, John Waters. (English dialogue)

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