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Amanda Kramer’s Genderqueer Extravaganza PLEASE BABY PLEASE

Starring Andrea Riseborough, Demi Moore, Harry Melling, Karl Glusman, Cole Escola, and Ryan Simpkins

1950s Campy Romp Through the Lower East Side
by Amanda Kramer (GIVE ME PITY!)

Suze (Andrea Riseborough) and Arthur (Harry Melling) live an outwardly traditional lifestyle as the Lower East Side’s most bohemian Eisenhower-era couple. The pair’s cage is rattled when they encounter a gang of sadistic, leather-clad greasers known as The Young Gents. Suze and Arthur’s initial thrust of fear evolves into confusion of thrill and lust. This sudden exposure to flamboyant masculinity unlocks the realization that Suze is an aspiring leather daddy who mistook herself for a housewife. Meanwhile, the perpetually sensitive Arthur’s obsessive gender trouble goes sideways when Young Gent Teddy (Karl Glusman) sparks a queer desire. PLEASE BABY PLEASE presents a full spectrum of underground fetishism and seductive musical asides featuring alluring cameos by Demi Moore and Cole Escola. Visionary filmmaker Amanda Kramer pegs the hetero hellscape of the 1950s in a witty, syncopated riff that plays like a high camp emission from your wildest dreams—bathed in silk, sweat, and bisexual lighting. 

"Hip, horny...and utterly winning." 
—Daniel Kasman, MUBI Notebook

"A feverish queer manifesto on gender... An archly stylized West Side Story by way of Kenneth Anger.”
—Manuel Betancourt, Variety

“The kitsch mischief of Amanda Kramer’s genderqueer underworld odyssey is as lurid as the colour palette – electric blues and hot vaginal pinks abound.”
—Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

"A fearless film made by creatives who are clearly having the time of their lives.”
—Chad Armstrong, The Queer Review

“Rebellious and playful... Blending camp melodrama with snappy dialogue, romantic songs, and S&M dance routines."
—Leonardo Goi, Film Comment

"Positively magnetic.”
—Ben Nicholson, Sight and Sound


Director: Amanda Kramer
Writers: Amanda Kramer and Noel David Taylor
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Harry Melling, Karl Glusman, Demi Moore, Cole Escola, and Ryan Simpkins

About Amanda Kramer
Amanda Kramer is a writer, director, and producer. Her short films BARK, INTERVENE, and SIN ULTRA have played at Fantastic Fest, Chicago Underground Film Festival and Boston Underground Film Festival’s Dispatches from the Underground. Her screenplays have been accepted into IFP’s Emerging Filmmakers program and Frontierés International Co-Production Market in Brussels. Her feature film PARIS WINDOW won the jury prize for Creative Vision at the DTLA Film Festival. Her feature LADYWORLD was selected for the Frontierés Buyers Showcase at the Marche du Film at Cannes and TIFF Next Wave. The film had its US Premiere at Fantastic Fest (‘18) and its International Premiere at London BFI Film Festival, distributed by Cleopatra Entertainment and released in 2019. Kramer's latest features PLEASE BABY PLEASE and GIVE ME PITY! are distributed by Music Box Films and Utopia, respectively. PLEASE BABY PLEASE won the grand jury prize for Outstanding US Narrative Feature at Outfest 2022.

Starting On:
October 28, 2022

Opens In Theaters October 28

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