Interior. Leather Bar

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A fascinating and intriguing film that never takes any simple options and works well in terms of raising provocative issues.” - Screen Daily

Directors: Travis Mathews, James Franco

Writer: Travis Mathews

Stars: Val Lauren, James Franco, Travis Mathews


In order to avoid an X rating, 40 minutes of gay S&M footage was rumoured to be cut and destroyed from the 1980 film, CRUISING starring Al Pacino. Inspired by the mythology of this controversial film, filmmakers James Franco and Travis Mathews collaborate to imagine their own lost footage.

Amid the backdrop of a frenzied film set, actor Val Lauren reluctantly agrees to take the lead in the film. Val is repeatedly forced to negotiate his boundaries during scenes on and “off camera,” as unsimulated gay sex happens around him. The film itself is constructed as a play with boundaries remaining queer in subject and form. As much a film about filmmaking as it is about an exploration of sexual and creative freedom, INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR defies easy categorisation.

The second feature film from writer/director Travis Mathews (I WANT YOUR LOVE),

  • "A beautifully mad cinematic guide to penetrating the membranes of sexual fear that separate us"
    - John Cameron Mitchell - Director of Shortbus
  • "A bracingly provocative and fearless ride"
    - Andrew Haigh - Director of Weekend
Cast: Val Lauren, James Franco, Travis Mathews
Directors: Travis Mathews, James Franco
Writer: Travis Mathews
Country: USA
Language: English
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Certificate: 18
Running Time: 60 mins
Sound: Stereo
DVD Release Date: 09-12-2013
VoD Release Date: 09-12-2013
DVD Extras: UK EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES | The Feast Of Stephen (A Short directed by James Franco) | Exclusive Interview with James Franco (15mins) and Travis Mathews (15mins) | Limited edition packaging
Dvd Catalogue Number: 5060018652863
Year: 2013

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