Friday, August 20, 2021

Thomas Duplessie and Phil Connell talk about their new LGBTQ family drama, JUMP, DARLING, starring Cloris Leachman and Thomas Duplessie. The final, stunning swan song performance by the late Oscar winner Cloris Leachman which had its International Premiere at BFI Flare London to rave reviews, just screened at Frameline and the Director's Guild Los Angeles.


JUMP, DARLING - The final, stunning swan song performance by the recently deceased Oscar winner Cloris Leachman 

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Jump, Darling is the new LGBTQ family drama starring Cloris Leachman, who recently passed away at the age of 94, in her final starring performance, praised by critics in this worthy swan-song from the late Oscar and BAFTA-winning Hollywood legend.

Written and directed by debut filmmaker Phil Connell, Jump, Darling follows a rookie drag queen (played by newcomer Thomas Duplessie) reeling from a breakup who moves in with his declining grandmother (Leachman) to protect her from the local nursing home. The film is a thoughtful exploration of the right to live as who we are and how we wish, while also grappling with end of life care.


Filmmakers, cast and members of Leechman’s family in attendance. (See Trailer Here)

Oscar Winner Cloris Leachman Shines in Final Starring Role
at Outfest in
JUMP, DARLING
*Plus Special Celebrity Tribute introduced by Cybill Shepherd, featuring Lily Tomlin and others

Writer/Director: Phil Connell
Producers: Katie Corbridge & Phil Connell
Executive Producers: Karen Harnisch & Allison Black
US Festival Distribution: The Film Collaborative
Canadian Distributor: LevelFilm
Production Company: Big Island Productions

“a powerful swan song” - The Mirror
“a stunning debut feature.” – theBUZZ
“very real and very moving.” - Screen International
“a truly dazzling story.” - London Evening Standard
“One of the must-see films of the festival.” - Bay Area Reporter.
“It's lovely to watch Leachman at work one last time.” - National Post
“Leachman delivers a luminous performance…a fitting final role."- SF Chronicle
“What’s surprising is the emotional power of Phil Connell’s touching feature.” -Mercury News

OUTFEST IN-PERSON SCREENING @ DGA 1 (Director’s Guild)
Sunday - August 15TH - 7:15PM
Tickets HERE

Screening will include a celebrity In Memoriam tribute honoring of Leachman introduced by Cybill Shepherd and featuring Lily Tomlin and others.

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www.jumpdarling.com




90 MIN | CANADA

Jump, Darling is the new LGBTQ family drama starring Cloris Leachman, who recently passed away at the age of 94, in her final starring performance, praised by critics in this worthy swan-song from the late Oscar and BAFTA-winning Hollywood legend.

Written and directed by debut filmmaker Phil Connell, Jump, Darling follows a rookie drag queen (played by newcomer Thomas Duplessie) reeling from a breakup who moves in with his declining grandmother (Leachman) to protect her from the local nursing home. The film is a thoughtful exploration of the right to live as who we are and how we wish, while also grappling with end of life care.

The initial seeds for Jump, Darling were two parallel tracks: Connell’s experience with end-of-life care conversations with his grandmother and his experience choosing life as an artist. “Over a period of years, my late grandmother struggled with how to prepare for her ‘decline’ –be it physical or mental,” shares Connell. “It was ‘the’ topic of conversation each time I would visit her. Meanwhile, as I recommitted to filmmaking, I struggled to maintain my resolve – against all the forces and voices – the ones that every artist face.”

The supporting cast of Jump, Darling includes Linda Kash (Best in Show), Jayne Eastwood (Chicago) and cameos from well-known drag queens Tynomi Banks (featured recently on Canada’s Drag Race), Fay Slift and Miss Fiercalicious. The film showcases six on-screen drag performances against a pop soundtrack including Robyn, Allie X, Rough Trade, Years & Years and more. The film is produced by Katie Corbridge (An Acquired Taste), Executive Produced by Karen Harnisch (White Lie) and Allison Black (Giant Little Ones).

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.

“Cloris was an icon and an ally,” said Connell. “To work with her, to know her, and now to share her final leading performance with the world is a true honor.”

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