Now, sixteen years on, a remastered The Living End‘s making its DVD debut – and journo Christopher Wallenberg sat down with Araki to discuss his reaction to the revamped flick, disastrous relationships and Araki’s so-called gay sensibility.
CH: Do you think you have a specific gay sensibility as a filmmaker? Has your sexuality informed the making and writing of your films?
GA: My sensibility has been shaped by a lot of thingsâ€”one of which is my sexuality. But I think Iâ€™ve also been profoundly influenced by music and alternative culture and every movie Iâ€™ve ever seen, from Hitchcock to Godard. Being gay is just one of the things that has influenced me. But I think itâ€™s a positive influence in that it puts you outside of the mainstream culture, which I think makes you more of a challenger as opposed to being…one of the sheep.
If only all homos could say that…