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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.)


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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