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Guillaume Dustan

Guillaume Dustan was born in 1995, or 96, when he wrote and published Dans ma chambre (P.O.L, September 1996). Before that, there was another very unhappy person. Depressive, HIV-positive. Afterwards, there was always depression and seropositivity, but things were already getting better. A paranoid and megalomaniac assessment of the impact of his first book having led Guillaume to quit his job, he rushed to write to further his new career. Je sors ce soir (P.O.L, September 1997) wasn’t the bestseller he’d so often consulted the oracle for, but it did help cement his image as a young gay writer to watch. Having spent all the grant money he’d received from the Centre National du Livre on extasys and tequila-champagne, Guillaume found himself at a loss at the end of the year (and what’s more, he had a bad case of bronchitis that couldn’t be cured because of his excesses). Undeterred, he approached his publisher, P.O.L, with the idea of creating a collection of gay books that could make him (Guillaume) eat. P.O.L directed him to Balland, a friendly publisher. Retired to his mother’s in the country, G. wrote his third novel, just as purely autobiographical as the first two: Plus fort que moi, published in June 1998 (still by P.O.L). In the autumn, G.D. launched the great maneuvers for the community center he wanted to create, La Gaie maison pour tout le monde. In January 1999, he published Nicolas Pages, his first real bestseller. In February of the same year, the Balland collection (Rayon Gai) was launched. In 2000, G.D. made his first film, focusing on the figure of Nicolas Pages, writer and conceptual artist (and friend of G.D.), and on that of Nan Goldin (R House, co-produced by Postmodern classic videos and Arte). 2000 was a big year for G.D., first with the release of Innocente, his first bestseller (400,000 copies). Then with the opening of La Gaie Maison, under the enlightened auspices of Elisabeth Lebovici, its first president. G.D. announced his decision to give up writing. In 2003, he released his first feature film, Rajneesh, produced by Jodie Foster and starring Bill Clinton (…).

Guillaume Dustan died in October 2005.

Enjoy (back to Ibiza)

by Guillaume Dustan (2001, 120min, version remastérisée)

“An existential and more or less lonely road movie by bus in Spain; I meet a Beaux-Arts student dressed like me who shows me his work, a human-sized slug disguise that he makes friends put on to photograph; also my visit to Valencia’s central market in the company of Patrick Cardon, gay cult figure and publisher, I know him bla-bla-bla-bla, and a failed trip to Ibiza.”
Guillaume Dustan – Excerpt from Premier essai, 2005.


by Guillaume Dustan (2002, 60′)

“A film in London with Tim in a squat for Queeruption, a meeting of queer activists son of to DV, very beautiful very poetic, like the others but even more so because there are more people it’s moving I don’t film heads like that I don’t ask permission.” G.D., excerpt from Premier essai, 2005



by Guillaume Dustan (2002, 60’)

“I speak literature with Pierre Dulieu, of the Belgian review writings, there is a Dustan number + engagement since, in short, while filming the dustbin (with half open), then one rolls myself in the rose petals artificial in the living room of Tim and Philippe. ” Guillaume Dustan, extract of Premier essai, 2005.



by Guillaume Dustan (2002, 60′)

“An old jew journalist chief of the redaction of the radio BFM comes to see me for a book on the gays and one speaks, I sat at the office of Tim.” G.D. extracted from Premier essai, 2005