• 11 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

Controversial French filmmaker Gasper Noé speaks candidly about becoming Destricted and the joys of masturbation.

‘It all started when I met the producers of Destricted in New York. They asked me if I wanted to take part in a film made up of different porn shorts. As it turns out I was one of the first people, along with Matthew Barney and then Larry Clark to say yes. There was only one rule - that the film I made should be between five and 20 minutes long, although in the end, some of the films - such as Clark’s, is longer. The producers also asked if I had an idea for the film. Originally I had an idea of doing a film about a babysitter, but in the end I decided to make a film about a boy and girl watching a porn film in different rooms and masturbating. I was thinking about calling it Brother and Sister‚ but eventually I went for We Fuck Alone, as the title takes the idea of what the film is about and it’s also a private joke with fans who know the American title of my first film Seul Contre Tous which is I Stand Alone. It’s a political concept for me - I fuck myself. I thought it would be funny to show a guy fucking an inflatable doll as most movies deal with sex in a totally different way.

‘I first started watching porn when I was 12 or 13 and my favourite porn films are from the 1970s; that was an age when the girls were more natural and all the men did not look like fireman. To this day, my favourite porn films are home movies and not those that are made by professionals. I don’t think my film is very arousing, although some girls have said to me they got excited when watching it, possibly that is because you see the man’s penis. I do not masturbate watching my own films; the shorts in this collection are not porn. I think fans of sex films looking for a thrill get annoyed because a lot of these films are only about masturbation.’ (Interview by Kaleem Aftab)

Cineworld, 623 8030, 17 Aug, 9.40pm & 19 Aug, 10pm, 19 Aug, £7.95 (£5.20).

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