Uncut (film)

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Directed by John Greyson
Produced by John Greyson
Written by John Greyson
Music by Andrew Zealley
Cinematography Kim Derko
Edited by Dennis Day
Distributed by Millivres
Release date
Running time
92 mins
Country Canada
Language English

Uncut is a Canadian docudrama film, released in November 1997. The film was written and directed by John Greyson.[1]

Set in Ottawa in 1979, the film stars Matthew Ferguson as Peter Cort, a researcher writing a book on male circumcision, and Michael Achtman as Peter Koosens, his assistant who has a sexual obsession with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and regularly doctors photographs to depict himself and Trudeau in romantic entanglements.

They later meet Peter Denham (Damon D'Oliveira), a video artist who sets his films to Jackson Five songs. After Denham inserts photographs of Koosens and Trudeau into one of his videos, the three are arrested for copyright violation by an opera-singing police officer, put on trial in a courtroom scene set to La Habanera, and sent to a prison boot camp.

The film is also intercut with documentary footage of artists such as John Oswald, A. A. Bronson, Linda Griffiths and Thomas Waugh discussing censorship, as well as Trudeau himself invoking martial law during the 1970 October Crisis.

The film was inspired in part by the then emerging debate about outing closeted LGBT people.[2]



  1. ^ "Uncut takes provocative look at gossip and libel: Director Greyson uses Pierre Trudeau, Michael Jackson and circumcision to address tabloid culture". Montreal Gazette, June 27, 1998.
  2. ^ "John Greyson, an Uncut above". The Globe and Mail, May 30, 1997.

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