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Blue Jean


Year: 2022 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 (Wide) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Georgia Oakley 
Starring: Rosy McEwen, Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday  
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Another in the run of feature debuts we’ve got in store this term, this 80s-set drama perceptively recreates the era of institutional homophobia that its characters suffer through. Rosy McEwen is Jean, a PE teacher in a Newcastle school; this setting is key, as the Section 28 Bill, banning education around homosexuality had just been brought into law. Jean herself, though happily in a relationship with Kerrie Hayes’ Viv, must strictly protect her identity at work: a splitting of identity that begins to divide her life. The local queer community that has become respite for Jean is well evoked, and she notices one day that a pupil from her class - an outsider, often the subject of bullying - is present too. Suddenly Jean’s internal struggle is thrown into relief, as she must navigate the journey between sympathy and self-protection. This fraught drama is a great calling card for writer-director Georgia Oakley, and a timely reflection on the social issues of Thatcher’s Britain.

Max King

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Screenings of this film:

2022/2023 Summer Term (digital)