Sugar Daddy

Ardele Lister

1980, 28:00 minutes, colour, English


Back from the dead (we presume), via audio tape an older woman, Eva, exhorts a younger woman to "do" her biography, to tell her story. Eva's story is remarkable in its implications for her biographer: she reveals that she was in love with the younger woman's father for 20 years. The telling of her life careens between lucid propriety and ribald revelations, from maudlin, sloppy sentiments to articulate summations about the past. The performance is stunning, with the younger woman (played by Lister herself) navigating the tumultuous content by taking on Eva's identity, complete with blond bubble wig and slatternly halter-top dress in a fake leopard print. In this role, Lister seems less an actor than a woman possessed.

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