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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)


Release date: 12 September 2013

Director: Travis Mathews, James Franco

Writer: Travis Mathews

Cast: Val Lauren, James Franco, Travis Mathews

Language: English

Format: DVD 9 PAL


  • The Feast Of Stephen (A Short directed by James Franco)
  • Exclusive Interviews with James Franco (15mins) and Travis Mathews (15mins)
  • Limited edition packaging