Jump, Darling – a queer family drama featuring Cloris Leachman’s final role
BFI Flare – London’s LGBTQ film festival – runs from 17-28 March.
One of the films to watch out for is Jump, Darling.
Phil Connell is the filmmaker behind Jump, Darling. The film features Cloris Leachman in her final role. Leachman recently died, at the age of 94.
Jump, Darling is a family drama about a young guy who visits his elderly grandmother. Alongside Leachman, the film stars Thomas Duplessie, Linda Kash, and Jayne Eastwood.
“BFI Flare is an incredibly important space for queer filmmakers to share stories from our community…” said Phil Connell. “To be able to celebrate Cloris and her achievements within this festival is a perfect tribute to her legacy. Cloris was an icon and an ally. To work with her, to know her, and now to share her final leading performance with the world is a true honour.”
What’s Jump, Darling about?
Half-prepped before a dressing room mirror in the back of a bustling city gay bar, Russell (Thomas Duplessie), an actor turned drag queen, struggling to find his voice, is given a wrenching ultimatum. Overcome by indecision, he escapes to his grandmother’s house in the country. There he finds sardonic Margaret (Cloris Leachman) in steep decline. In a perfect, if precarious solution for both of them, he moves in to protect her from her greatest fear – the local nursing home.
In no time, Russell is lighting up the local college bar with his alter ego Fishy Falters. Antagonised by his overprotective mother, a sexy-though-mysterious college boy, a cockney city gay bar owner, and the spectre of his failed-artist grandfather, Russell struggles to realise a bold new identity. Meanwhile, Margaret fights to retake control despite her faltering mind.
Who is Cloris Leachman?
Cloris Leachman won both an Academy Award and a BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Last Picture Show and holds the record for the most Primetime Emmy acting nominations in history – 22. She is best known for her role as Phyllis on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, played to such great success that it led to her own television series spinoff, Phyllis.