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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Hush Up Sweet Charlotte

Directed by Billy Clift

USA / 2015 / 95 mins / English


Writer-director Billy Clift follow up his spot-on homage of the 1962 Bette Davis-Joan Crawford camp classic WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? with another camp parody, this time sending up the 1964 Davis-Olivia de Havilland southern gothic grand guignol HUSH, HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE. Decades after her lover has been brutally killed in an unsolved murder, reclusive, wealthy shut in Charlotte (Matthew Martin), attended only by her sassy housekeeper Velma (Mink Stole, HAIRSPRAY, SERIAL MOM, FEMALE TROUBLE) is being forced to leave her decaying southern mansion, which is scheduled to be bulldozed for an incoming highway. Charlotte isn’t deterred no matter how often Dr. Drew (David Millbern) and everyone else insists she has to move: she’s sent for her cousin Melanie (Jeffrey Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman, GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS) to stop the demolition. But Melanie’s arrival sets in motion a series of melodramatic (and very hilarious) events that threatens Charlotte’s very sanity! Queer film faves Heklina and Jason Stuart costar in this hilarious, gender bending campfest.

Help us close out another fantastic year of Reeling after the Closing Night screening and join us for the Official After Party at Matilda, just a few blocks away from the Landmark at 3101 N. Sheffield Ave! The party starts at 11pm immediately following the screening of our Official Closing Night Film, DEATH IN BUENOS AIRES. Your film+party ticket is good for a free Lagunitas beer, plus light appetizers generously provided by Matilda.