Watch: Noah Cowan on ‘what’s good for the gays’ at TIFF 2010

Lightbox artistic director chats about films by Xavier Dolan, Gregg Araki and Bruce LaBruce

Noah Cowan, TIFF Bell Lightbox artistic director, chats with Elvira Kurt about the film festival’s new venue, which opens Sept 12, and what films queers should be checking out this year.

On Cowan’s list: Bruce LaBruce’s LA Zombie, which was recently banned in Australia. “I think we’re showing the hardcore version here in Toronto,” says Cowan, who notes that it was actually a softcore cut of LA Zombie that was banned in Australia. “We find the [Australian] censors’ reaction to the movie kind of an odd one, because all the good stuff is gone,” he laughs. [UPDATE: Bruce LaBruce tweets in response to Cowan: “Um, no, you’re showing the softcore version [at TIFF]…”]

Cowan also highlights Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats and Gregg Araki’s Kaboom. Watch below:

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  • Xavier Dolan’s Hearbeats screens Sept 14 and 15.
  • Gregg Araki’s Kaboom screens Sept 15 and 18.
  • Bruce La Bruce’s LA Zombie screens Sept 16, 18 and 19.

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