Bust-Up

(1989, 7:00, 16mm, B&W)

Tea time will never be the same! This tickling thriller about an afternoon tea features Holly Brown, who spontaneously transforms into several female personas that startle and entertain her surprised guest. Brown’s character’s are obsessed with formalities of etiquette, pedigree and hospitality while spoofing sex roles and stereotypes.

“There’s energy galore in Cathy Cook’s successful Bust Up, in which a nervous visitor for tea is subjected to the hair – raising whims of a volatile drag queen (Holly Brown.) One powerful moment should at no cost be divulged.”
–Warren Sonbert, Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco, June, 1990.

“A brief but pungent film….  … starring impersonator Holly Brown. It is a shrewdly shot, sharply cut spoof of sex roles and stereotypes, drawing on the mannerisms of a middle-aged Bette Davis to convey long-suppressed feelings of rage and aggression.”
–James Auer, Milwaukee Journal, Art Critic, August, 1989.

SCREENINGS & AWARDS (selected)
USA Channel, “Night Flight,” 1991
SBS -TV Australia, “Eat Carpet,” 1993
London Gay/Lesbian Film Fest., Ntln. Film Theatre, UK, (16 City Tour)
29th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
PS1 Contemporary Art Center, “Dive-In Movies”,Queens, NY 2000
Madison Art Center, ‘Wisconsin Triennial’, Madison, WI
Chicago Lesbian & Gay Int’l Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Walkers Point Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
P.S. 122, “Milly’s Orchid Show,” New York, NY
Honorable Mention- EXPO Film Festival, The New School, NY, NY, 1989
La Cage Club, Milwaukee, WI
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

CREDITS
Direction & Editing: Cathy Cook
Starring: Holly Brown
Assistant to Director: Jamie Patten
Sync-Camera: Jamie Patten & Julian Marynczak
Additional Camera & Effects: Cathy Cook
Music by: John Lees