The Sixth Reel | Charles Busch and Carl Andress on Comedy and Homage to Classic Hollywood

Charles Busch and Carl Andress adored the classic Hollywood era with its glitz and glamor. The Sixth Reel is their Hollywood homage in a comedic way that dedicates itself as an aficionado towards their golden era and is plotted around the lost 1927 film London After Midnight.

The film stars Charles Busch (Die, Mommie, Die!, Psycho Beach Party), Julie Halston (Addams Family Values), Patrick Page (In the Heights, Spirited), Tim Daly (Wings, The Fugitive), and Margaret Cho (30 Rock, All-American Girl). Busch co-directed and co-wrote the film with Carl Andress.

Here is the synopsis:

When the death of a close friend unearths the long-thought lost final reel of a classic undiscovered film, Jimmy (Charles Busch) a down-on-his-luck movie collector and his social circle of obsessive collectors each concoct wild, underhanded schemes to cash in on a big sale of the film.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with Carl Andress and Charles Busch about their stage backgrounds, homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, the cast, the humor, and the long-lost film.

Charles Busch wrote and starred in Off-off-Broadway plays in 1978, mainly in drag roles. He started acting in films and television in the 1990s. His best-known play is The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which was a success on Broadway. His on-screen credits included Die, Mommie, Die!, Psycho Beach Party, and A Very Serious Person which received an honorable mention at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006.

Carl Andress is an American theater and film director that included The Confession of Lily Dar, The Tribute Artist, The Devine Sister, The Third Story, Charles Busch’s Cleopatra and Judith of Bethulia, Queen Aarantha, Bunnicula, and Shanghai Moon.

The Sixth Reel is currently playing at the Look Dine-In Cinema in New York City.

Watch the exclusive interview with Carl Andress and Charles Busch below. Let us know what you think of the interview.

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