The murder of Lizzie Borden’s father and stepmother became one of the most famous crimes of the 19th Century. It wasn’t just because of the ferocity of violence involved – both of them were killed by multiple ax/hatchet blows – but because it appeared a woman had committed the crimes.
Now a new film is coming that gives its own spin on the tale, with Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) under the thumb of a brutish, controlling father, and a sapphic frisson between Borden and the household’s maid, Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart). The trailer has arrived to give us a taste of what looks like it could be a tense and intriguing LGBT-themed movie.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, “Big Love”) stars as Lizzie Borden, the notorious woman at the heart of one of the most enduring mysteries in American history. After a lifetime of loneliness, Lizzie finds a kindred spirit in housemaid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) and their secret intimacy sparks an unthinkable act. Director Craig William Macneill (The Boy (2015), “Channel Zero: Candle Cove”) explores the days leading up to the savage crimes in a dark tale of repression, exploitation and thwarted dreams.’
The movie will be in US cinemas on September 14th, 2018, with a November 26th release set for the UK. Take a look at the trailer below.