The film titled “I Want Your Love,” a collaboration between Hollywood star James Franco and director Travis Mathews, has been banned by Australian Classification Board. The Board stated the film was gratuitous in its depiction of gay sex, even though they did not view the film. Actor James Franco posted a video (below) in protest of the ban.
The film follows a gay couple in San Francisco. This subject matter is no different than any other “traditional” love story, other than the fact that both people are of the same gender. One would think in 2013, this would not be a problem. Aussie censors don’t see it that way.
In defense of the movie, Mathews states “I think the Australian Classification Board made the decision based on the synopsis, not having seen the film, saying it’s gratuitous. I could argue against it, but it feels like a trap. This is a larger issue that an adult viewing audience should be able to make up their own mind about this.”