Fierth i-ON interview BRUCE LA BRUCE

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Fierth’s recent resurrection of the i-ON interview focuses on the legendary filmmaker, writer, director, photographer, and artist BruceLaBruce.  Bruce’s career began in the mid-eighties when he first began making experimental super-8 films, and  was one of the founding members of the Queercore movement. Bruce’s prolific vision has brought us films like “Skin Flick”, “The Raspberry Reich”, “Hustler White” and more recently “L.A. Zombie”   starring French star Francois Sagat. Bruce has also has directed several award winning music videos and some that banned from Youtube.

Constantly in motion he is a contributing writer to magazines like Vice, the National Post, and Black Book and he has had his fashion photography featured on the pages of Fake, Attitude, Blend, Tokion, Purple Fashion, and the National Post.  He has recently released a book of photography called “Bruce(x)ploitation” which highlights his photography and more.  Get to know Bruce LaBruce.

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FM:     What is your name?

BLB:   Bruce LaBruce

FM:     Do you have a nick-name?


FM:     What is your motto?

BLB:   Whatever it takes

FM:     How tall are you?

BLB:   5’10”

FM:     What exactly are you wearing right now?

BLB:   Black Levis, black t-shirt from the Hau Theatre inBerlinthat says “You Too Can Be Like Us” over a black H & M long sleeve t-shirt, black H & M socks with red trim, black briefs, my wedding ring

FM:     What were you doing right before this interview?

BLB:   Facebook

FM:     What motivates you in life?

BLB:   My work


FM:     How do you describe your work?

BLB:   Gorn

FM:     What are you going to do next?

BLB:   I have a new photography exhibit of all new work called “Obscenity” opening February 15th at La Fresh Gallery inMadrid; I will be shooting a movie called “Santo the Obscene” next year inSpain.

FM:     How do you keep it real?

BLB:   My husband is Cuban. He makes me keep it real.

FM:     If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would  you would be doing?

BLB:   Teaching

FM:     Post a haiku based on your life


O Pornographer

You make very dirty films

But reluctantly


FM:     If someone wrote a biography on your life , what do you think the title should be?

BLB:   ‘Bruce LaBruce: Prince of the Homosexuals’

FM:     How would your best friend describe you?

BLB:   Challenging

FM:     What were you like as a child?

BLB:   Beatific

FM:     What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?

BLB:   Be a sassy sissy

FM:     List 5 quirky things about yourself.


-I hate celebrities (oh, not you!)

-I’m nocturnal

-I grew up on a farm

-I’m a ginger

-I’m a former modern dancer


FM:     What brings you the most joy?

BLB:   Filmmaking. And my husband.

FM:     What makes you angry ?

BLB:   Oligarchies

FM:     If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

BLB:   To roller-skate like Mariel Hemingway in Star 80

FM:     Have you ever felt hopeless? How did you get through it?

BLB:   Yes. Therapy

FM:     Describe a time/event in your life that you’re nostalgic for.

BLB:   Living in a cockroach-infested squat with a girl band.

FM:     Write a brief story about an actual accidental adventure you’ve had.

BLB:   Once when I worked at a nuclear power plant like Dolly Pelikar in Silkwood I accidentally dropped my hardhat into a big smoke stack on top of an auxiliary generator and they were going to lower me down the stack in a harness to retrieve it but then a sub-foreman told me I would probably die if I did it so I was about to quit but then a fisherman fished it out with his rod and reel so I didn’t have to.

FM:     What’s the strangest thing you’ve done this week?

BLB:   I had a film night with friends where we watched a double bill of the Marlon Brando movie “The Night of the Following Day” and the Colin Farrell movie “In Bruges”

FM:     Which stars, if any leave you star struck?

BLB:   The ones that punch me? Actually I was pretty starstruck by Beatrice Dalle.

FM:     Who are your main inspirations?

BLB:   Jean Genet, John Waters, Jean Brodie

FM:     Whom do you despise?

BLB:   Newt Gingrinch

FM:     Ever had a rumor spread about you?

BLB:   Lots of times.

FM:     What is the funniest joke you have ever heard?

BLB:   The one about the Beatles dying in their order of importance.

FM:     You can trade places with any other person, living or dead, for 24 hours. Who would you choose and why?

BLB:   Adam. I’d have a vasectomy and save us all a lot of time and trouble

FM:     Do you believe in karma?

BLB:   I believe your karma is your conscience. If you do something bad, you will probably end up punishing yourself, either consciously or subconsciously. A sad example would be Jimmy Swaggart

FM:     What’s the sweetest thing anyone’s ever done for you?

BLB:   My mother squeezed me out of her vagina!

FM:     Do you have a bucket list?

BLB:   I hate bucket lists. But I would like to see the world from outer space before I die.


FM:     If you could choose a superhero power, What would it be, And how would you use it. [Invisibility, Ability to Fly, Super Strength, Read Peoples Mind’s, Elasticity, Super Stamina ]

BLB:   I would choose invisibility so I could get into movie theatres for free.

FM:     What’s something about yourself that no one knows?

BLB:   I play a mean game of Cribbage.

FM:     Describe your home in 6 words or less.

BLB:   Cute modest convenient cozy studio apartment

FM:     Do you collect anything? If so, what?

BLB:   Movie soundtracks on vinyl

FM:     What’s the weirdest item you’ve ever mourned losing?

BLB:   My crown, prince-of-the-homosexuals ring.

FM:     Do you have any obsessions right now?

BLB:   I obsessively watchHollywoodmovies from the thirties and forties on YouTube

FM:     What is your greatest extravagance?

BLB:   Occasional maid service

FM:     What is your guilty pleasure?

BLB:   McD’s

FM:     Which causes do you believe in the most, and why?

BLB:   We support by force of Limp Wrists the just struggles of all oppressed fairies for self-determination and independence and hereby offer to all sexual liberation movements, revolutionary workers’ groups, and people’s organizations our Total Aid(s) and support for the struggle for freedom and justice for all people and races and genders!

(From my “Purple Resistance Manifesto”)

FM:     If you could buy anything regardless of cost, what would you buy?

BLB:   Ticket to Space

FM:     What is your “ Safety Word”

BLB:   Gaga!

FM:     What is your favorite sound?

BLB:   Wind roaring through the trees.

FM:     What is your favorite song?

BLB:   Do What You Want, Be Who You Are by Hall & Oates

FM:     Where is your favorite place to lunch?

BLB:   Cafe Colonial in Nolita, but it closed!

FM:     Do you know how to cook? What do you most like to make ?

BLB:   Not really. My husband is the (amazing) cook. I’m the chief bottle-washer. But I do make good scrambled eggs.

FM:     What is the worst song you have ever heard?

BLB:   Poker Face

FM:     What were you doing last night at Midnight?

BLB:   Working on my Vice column at my computer.

FM:     What do you think about before falling asleep?

BLB:   Where’s Jimmy Hoffa?

FM:     Who was the last person you talked to last night before you went to bed?

BLB:   My husband.

FM:     What do you think about and are the first three things you do first after waking up in the morning?

BLB:   When I wake up in the morning I think, “Oh, I’m still here”. Then I turn on The View, make a cup of coffee, and run a bath.

FM:     What do you daydream about?

BLB:   Immorality.

FM:     Let’s play word association quick fire – I am going to say a word – tell me what first pops into your mind


Bitch: Queen

Money: Maker

Love: Drug

Unique: Unork

Power: Struggle

Hate: Love

Moist: Diaper

Sex: Toy

Dirt: Bag

God: Damn

Cozy: Tea

Fame: Fuck

Funny: Fist

Best: Girl

Good: Attitude

Bad: Breast

Worst: Year

ME: Terrific!


FM:     Leave us a quote to carry on with :

BLB:   “Keep your friends close and your enemies as far away as possible!”

FM:     How can we find out more about you :




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