Director: Georgia Oakley Run Time: 97 min. Release Year: 2023
Starring: Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday, Lydia Page, Rosy McEwen, Stacy Abalogun
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.
Georgia is a screenwriter and director with a particular fondness for convention defying, female-led narratives. Her award-winning shorts have screened at dozens of international festivals including SXSW, TriBeCa (where LITTLE BIRD was nominated for Best Narrative Short), New York Film Festival and Galway Film Fleadh. She was mentored by Desiree Akhavan on the BFI Flare scheme and was selected for Berlinale Talents and iFeatures with her debut feature, BLUE JEAN, starring Rosy McEwen, Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday. Georgia is currently developing her second feature with BBC Film. Alongside this, she is co-adapting a novel by Anna Hope for June Films; the film will be directed by Clémence Poésy.