Super 8 1/2

Bruce LaBruce

1994, 108:00 minutes, Colour, English


A down-on-his-luck adult film star/director sees a chance to make a comeback when he is rediscovered by a lesbian documentary filmmaker, but she is merely exploiting him to get financial backing for her pet project, a musical based on Kate Millett’s The Basement.
Super 8​ 1/2 is a 1994 satirical comedy/drama film written and directed by Bruce LaBruce and shot on 16mm. The film, about a washed-up porn auteur who enters into a rocky partnership with an underground lesbian filmmaker, is a faux-documentary and “cautionary bio-pic” loosely based on LaBruce’s real life experiences. The movie references a number of other films, including Frank Perry’s Play It As It Lays, Fellini’s 8 ½, and Daniel Mann’s Butterfield 8. The film is composed primarily of interviews, Bruce’s porn films-within-the-film, and footage taken directly off the TV. Super 8 1/2 premiered at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival and was shown in the midnight series at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.

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Critical Writing

Bruce LaBruce
by Bruce LaBruce. Mix, Summer 2001, v. 27, no. 1.
No skin off his ass: Bruce LaBruce stars as a past-it porn star on...
by Marc Morrison. Xtra!, Apr. 1, 1994, no. 246.