Bruce LaBruce

1987, 15:00 minutes, Colour, English


In LaBruce’s first short experimental super 8 film, a loose narrative is constructed out of a variety of film clips, some shot on location by the filmmaker, some found footage, and some shot off the television screen. A woman with long red hair (G.B. Jones) sits on a window sill and looks down with her binoculars at the street below. Meanwhile, Mary Tyler Moore escapes from an aggressive man and runs to the park. She looks up to see the woman with long red hair looking down at her with her binoculars. (This is all set to the Monkee’s song “Mary, Mary.”) In subsequent scenes, the woman with long red hair looks through her binoculars at a drunken skinhead (Dave-Id) and a queer punk (Bruce LaBruce) making out under a bridge, children playing on the street, and a strange man (Andrew Patterson) talking to a woman in a Laundromat. The film ends when the building the woman with long red hair lives in is boarded up, designated for demolition.

Boy/Girl is a documentation of a period of time when filmmaker LaBruce lived in a crummy, squat-like building at Queen and Parliament Streets in Toronto with the all-girl punk band, Fifth Column.

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