The screening on 15 February at 19:00 will be followed by a panel discussion with Hélène Sifre (producer of Blue Jean), Laila El-Metoui (Founder of Pride in Education), and Sarah Drummond (Director of Don't Say Gay- a feature documentary uncovering the story of Section 28). The panel will be hosted by Trudy Howson (the LGBT Poet Laureate).
England, 1988 – Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government are about to pass a law stigmatising gays and lesbians, forcing Jean, a PE teacher, to live a double life. As pressure mounts from all sides, the arrival of a new girl at school catalyses a crisis that will challenge Jean to her core.
The Garden Cinema View: Writer-Director Georgia Oakley’s vividly realised debut feature is set at this turning point in British history. An amazingly accurate evocation of late-’80s northern Britain, and a future queer classic. One of Blue Jean's greatest strengths is Rosy McEwen's terrific performance, which conveys Jean's anxiety and self-loathing due to the homophobic paranoia of the Thatcherite era with nuance and empathy.
An open captioned screening for the hard of hearing is scheduled on 16 Feb at 17.45
Rosy McEwen, Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday