Interview by Paul Salfen
Synopsis: 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.
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 Karl Glusman
Karl Glusman will next be seen in Netflix’s feature, REPTILE, opposite Benicio Del Toro and Alicia Silverstone, for director Grant Singer. Karl can recently be seen starring in Babak Anvari’s WOUNDS, for Annapurna Pictures, and in Aaron Schneider’s feature for Apple, GREYHOUND, opposite Tom Hanks. Prior credits include Tom Ford’s thriller, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, for Focus Features, Nicolas Winding Refn’s THE NEON DEMON, opposite Elle Fanning, and Phillip Noyce’s ABOVE SUSPICION. On the TV side, Karl can be seen starring in DEVS, a sci-fi thriller miniseries created, written, and directed by Alex Garland for FX and Hulu, as well as Sam Taylor Johnson’s GYPSY for Netflix. Karl’s breakout role was in Gaspar Noé’s drama, LOVE, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The premier set a record for the festival, selling all 2,200 seats in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.