Originally James Franco wanted to remake the 1980s movie ‘Cruising’, alas, when refused the rights, he then looked to Filmmaker Travis Mathews to embark on a project to explore and ‘re-create’ the 40 minutes of deleted -and later destroyed- S&M footage from the original film which was removed to avoid an X-rating; hence the original title ‘James Franco’s 40 Minutes’.
Whilst exploring perceptions -now and then- of GAY SEX on film, the movie also orientates around public perceptions of Franco as filmmaker, star and all-round gay question mark.
“Awesome! Complicated, strange and avant-garde.”
-Gus Van Sant
[a smidge NSFW if you have a prissy boss]