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WATCH: Matthew Martin and Varla Jean Merman Star in Hush Up, Sweet Charlotte

WATCH: Matthew Martin and Varla Jean Merman Star in Hush Up, Sweet Charlotte

Hush Up, Sweet Charlotte

Writer and director William Clift tells us about his latest sendup to Bette Davis.

Writer and director, William Clift has done it again. He's brought his own brand of color to another black-and-white classic.

Hush Up, Sweet Charlotte is Clift's campy homage to the 1964 Bette Davis film, Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte. The southern tale of murder and betrayal is brought to life with some of the best drag performances of our time by Matthew Martin, Varla Jean Merman, and Raja Gemini.

Clift explained his affinity for Bette Davis:

"As a kid, something that would be on TV when I'd get home from school would be a lot of these old black and white classics. And of course I think like every gay man, we kind of gravitated toward Bette Davis. And it's probably because she was always a strong woman, and she always had really, really good one-liners that you could repeat to yourself."

This is Clift's second sendup of Davis' iconic career, having remade What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? in 2010 as simply Baby Jane?. It's also Martin's second onscreen interpretation of a character originated by Davis. But Clift and Martin aren't quite done with Davis' films.

Clift teased another installment:

"Always in my mind, I thought if I ever did another one, I would just go to Bette Davis' next film, which was Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte. And the next one after that would be Dead Ringer. Those were the three movies that she did in a row that were similar."

Hush Up, Sweet Charlotte is available on Vimeo On Demand, February 15. Watch the trailer below:

Hush Up Sweet Charlotte from Here TV on Vimeo.

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