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Blue Jean

In 1988, a closeted teacher is pushed to the brink when a new student threatens to expose her sexuality. (NR, 97 min.)


Friday, June 30, 2023


In Georgia Oakley’s stunning directorial debut BLUE JEAN, it’s 1988 England and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government is about to pass a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians, forcing Jean (Rosy McEwen, in a powerhouse performance), a gym teacher, to live a double life. As pressure mounts from all sides, the arrival of a new student catalyzes a crisis that will challenge Jean to her core. The BAFTA-nominated film won the Venice Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award, as well as four British Independent Film Awards. [Magnolia]

Starring: Rosy Mcewen, Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday
Director: Georgia Oakley
Genre: Drama

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"[An] astonishing feature debut."

— Christopher Machell, CineVue

"Oakley’s ability to find a hopeful spin to put on this bleak time is a history lesson for us all."

— Roger Moore, Movie Nation

"It’s a remarkably accomplished picture on every level, not least the keenly felt and fiercely authentic performances."

— Wendy Ide, Screen International

"Fit to stand alongside My Beautiful Laundrette and Pride, Oakley’s brilliant film offers hope to anyone who doesn’t feel they fit in and are trapped in a hostile environment."

— Charlotte O'Sullivan, London Evening Standard

"A supremely accomplished debut feature from writer-director Georgia Oakley, Blue Jean captures a specific moment in British history with almost uncanny accuracy."

— Wendy Ide, The Observer (UK)

"Blue Jean is a gorgeously presented, stirringly performed slice of British queer history that announces director Georgia Oakley and actor Rosy McEwen as major talents to watch."

— John Nugent, Empire

"It's so rare in British cinema to see the 'L' in 'LGBTQ+' up there in such bold type, which makes Blue Jean not only a biting look at this historical moment but a riveting act of redress."

— Tim Robey, The Telegraph

"'Blue Jean' is a Thatcher-era period piece that crisply evokes that climate of politically propagated homophobia without preserving it in amber: It effectively puts the past in tacit dialogue with the present."

— Guy Lodge, Variety

"The Eighties cues, from SlimFast diets to Blind Date, are cringingly accurate, and the novice director Georgia Oakley has coaxed a powerful, internalised performance from the equally untested McEwen."

— Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

"An elegantly structured film composed of clever, delicate movements, every aspect of Georgia Oakley’s debut feature – from Izabella Curry’s editing to Kirsty Halliday’s period costuming – is as restrained as Rosy McEwen’s excellent performance."

— Tara Brady, The Irish Times