Screened as part of NZIFF 2007
Intended as "cerebral" work to reinvigorate erotic cinema, Destricted is the product of seven artists who were told to go forth and make pornography: "Do anything you want, as long as you do it in less than 20 minutes." The resulting short films prove, if anything, that artists - especially hot crossover personalities like Matthew Barney (The Cremaster Cycle) and Sam Taylor-Wood - get their jollies in much weirder and more imaginative ways than regular folk. In Barney's film Hoist, an unidentified man, with roots protruding from his body, makes athletic love to a large earthmoving machine. Taylor-Wood chips in with Death Valley, a tale of failed self-stimulation in a majestic desert landscape. Along with spicy offerings from Richard Prince, Marina Abramovic, Gaspar Noé and Marco Brambilla, perpetual bad-boy (still, at 63!) Larry Clark (Kids) delivers Impaled, in which he plays sexual matchmaker to a group of young male wannabe porn stars. Be warned: these films contain sexually explicit material and strobe lighting.