Queer filmmaker Bruce LaBruce says Amazon pulled his latest film St. Narcissus from its streaming platform in the United States and refuses to sell the film in its online store in the United Kingdom
Over the weekend, LaBruce posted about the film’s removal from the streaming platform on his official Instagram account. “After 6 months of streaming on Amazon in the US and France, my movie ‘Saint-Narcisse’ has been removed for ‘offensive content’ without further explanation!” wrote the filmmaker.
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“Meanwhile, as someone on Twitter pointed out, during Amazon’s season 3 premiere episode The boys, a microscopic superhero entered the urethra of another man’s penis and blew it bloody from the inside. Guess I should have blasted the twins in my movie while they were having sex and nobody would have said anything.
The provocative 2020 film centers on a pair of identical twins (Félix Antoine Duval) who embark on an incestuous affair in the 1970s. As LaBruce notes, St. Narcissus was available for rental and purchase on Prime Video in the United States until recently. The DVD of the film can still be purchased through the online retailer.
“We are totally mystified as to why Amazon Prime Video is refusing to make the critically acclaimed film. St. Narcissus available to its customers, both here in the UK and abroad,” said Tom Abell, Chairman of Peccadillo Pictures, the film’s UK distributor. “When their system initially refused to take the film, we pointed out that it was available on Amazon in the United States and France, and then it was removed from those platforms as well, although it remained there for over six month. The DVD continues to be sold by Amazon but they will not release it.
Deadline reports a source at Amazon says the film is still under consideration for UK streaming
Abell and LaBruce point out that although St. Narcissus is provocative, it is not particularly sexually explicit.
“It’s almost reassuring to know that I can still get banned or censored these days,” LaBruce says. “What interests me is that it is not the sexual explicitness of St. Narcissus this prevents it from being shown on Amazon Prime – there is none – but the film’s subversive and thought-provoking sexual themes and implications.
“I’m really puzzled because there are plenty of other movies available on Amazon Prime Video that explore similar themes, and several that are much more sexually explicit,” says Abell. “It’s somewhat alarming to see the company’s growing trend of denying certain queer films access to their platform.”
LGBTQ Nation contacted Amazon for comment.