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Tue 5 Mar, 2013
By Robert Ingham

To keep it away from films that want to explore it as human behaviour is very short-sighted and I think very hypocritical.

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James Franco has appealed to the Australian censors, who have banned gay film 'I Want Your Love'.

The drama, from director Travis Matthews, has received the ban from screenings at Australian film festivals, has been deemed inappropriate by the Australian Classification Board because of its explicit gay sex scenes.

In a YouTube video, Franco said: "This is just such a disappointment to me and seems really silly. I don't know why in this day and age something like this, a film that's using sex not for titillation but to talk about being human, is being banned."

Although Franco is not in the film, he has shown his support for Matthews. "Sex is such a big part of our lives. It's how we create children, it's how we connect. To keep it away from films that want to explore it as human behaviour is very short-sighted and I think very hypocritical."

He went on to say that if Travis had made a very violent film there wouldn't be as much fuss, and stated in the video: "Travis is making this film and including sex because he wants to explore story and character and the nuances that sex contains. It (the decision) is just embarrassing. I hope you'll reconsider."

The film has been screened at Frameline36, Outfest and Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and only time will tell if the Australian Censors will act on Franco's plee.


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