The newest information out of Cannes teases a brand new directorial debut to stay up for. Deadline reviews that “Blue Jean,” written and directed by Georgia Oakley, is among the many many engaging titles on supply on the movie market this yr. They describe the British movie as an “id drama set throughout Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as UK Prime Minister.”
Set in 1988, the movie follows a homosexual PE trainer, Jean (Rosy McEwen, “The Alienist”) who’s pressured to reside a double life when Thatcher’s authorities passes a brand new legislation that stigmatizes the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. However, the supply particulars, “when a brand new pupil arrives and threatens to show her, Jean is pushed to excessive lengths to maintain her job and her integrity.”
The legislation, referred to as Part 28, banned — amongst different issues — academics from selling in faculties “the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended household relationship.” In impact, it prevented academics and people working for native authorities from even acknowledging the existence of homosexuality, and although the legislation was repealed in 2000 in Scotland, in 2003 in most of England and Wales, and in 2004 in its entirety, the legislation’s legacy prolonged far past these years, with a long-lasting tradition of disgrace and homophobia fostered in faculties — with academics, for a very long time, powerless to intervene.
The movie, which is in post-production, additionally stars Kerrie Hayes (“Tin Star”), and Stacy Abalogun (“Dying on the Nile”), with Hélène Sifre of Kleio Movies producing. The movie has the backing of BBC Movie and the BFI, whereas Movie Constellation have boarded gross sales.
Oakley is the writer-director of brief movies “Hush” and “Callow & Sons,” and in addition directed the documentary brief “We Did Not Fall from the Sky.” One other of her shorts, “Little Hen,” was nominated for Finest Narrative Brief at Tribeca, and is presently being developed right into a TV sequence.