Film - Museum Brandhorst | Uranians Filmfest 2023


Directed by Bruce LaBruce, Rick Castro


Director: Bruce LaBruce, Rick Castro
Section: Museum Brandhorst | Uranians
Country: Germany, USA
Year: 1996
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Tony Ward, Bruce LaBruce, Ivar Johnson, Ron Athey, Vaginal Davies
18+ (no age rating)


One of Bruce LaBruce’s classics, this wild reinterpretation of SUNSET BOULEVARD is disguised as a romantic comedy about crooks in Santa Monica.

A slick but clumsy and accident-prone hustler named Monti (Tony Ward) is pursued by a good-natured but sullen foreigner, Jürgen Anger (Bruce LaBruce), who has come to L.A. to write his memoirs. In HUSTLER WHITE, there are no women, no drag queens, no drugs, and no AIDS; it is a lived fantasy.

Meet the director


Bruce LaBruce, Rick Castro

Born in 1964, Bruce LaBruce is an international director and visual artist who lives in Toronto, Canada. Since 1987, he has written and directed eleven feature-length films, including GERONTOPHILIA, which received the Grand Prix at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal in 2013, and PIERROT LUNAIRE, which received the Teddy Award Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale in 2014. LaBruce has also directed a number of short films, music videos, and stage plays around the globe, and has contributed to a variety of international publications, including Vice and The Guardian, as a writer and a photographer. In 2015, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City dedicated a retrospective to his cinematic oeuvre.

Rick Castro is a Hollywood-based photographer whose work includes capturing the lives and experiences of the hustlers of Santa Monica Boulevard. Rick began his career as a photo-stylist working with photographers such as Herb Ritts, George Hurell, Annie Liebowitz and Joel-Peter Witkin. Rick’s first book “Castro” was published by the Tom of Finland Press in 1991. Rick has produced several publications of his own including the fanzine “Zack” (1992) and “The Bondage Book Vols 1, 2 and 3” (1993 – 1995). Rick shot his first video short AUTOMOLOVE, (1992) which has been widely screened at such events as The Gay and Lesbian Film & Video Festivals of New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Berlin and Melbourne. HUSTLER WHITE marks Ricks film debut as a writer/director. HUSTLER WHITE made its world premiere at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. Rick calls HUSTLER WHITE a romantic comedy about hustlers on Santa Monica Boulevard. It stars supermodel Tony Ward in his movie debut.


Screenplay: Bruce LaBruce, Rick Castro
Director of Photography: James Carman
Film Editor: Rider Siphrok
Production Designer: Rick Castro, Bruce LaBruce
Sound: Sören Salzer
Make-up artist: Michelle Mills
Producer: Jürgen Brüning, Bruce LaBruce
Production Company: Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion