Friday, November 17th at 7:00pm
In writer-director Georgia Oakley’s stunning directorial debut Blue Jean, it’s 1988 England and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government is about to pass Section 28, a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians. Rosy McEwen delivers a powerhouse performance as Jean, a closeted gym teacher who finds sanctuary in the sisterhood of the Newcastle queer club scene, until a new student, Lois, discovers her secret and threatens the already tenuous stability of her double life. As pressure mounts from all sides, the arrival of Lois 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 (including Best Lead Performance and Best Debut Screenwriter).
Student Short Showcase
Luci, a queer Peruvian-Canadian woman, gives her beloved nephew the Christmas gift of his dreams: a beautiful sequined dress. But when he tries to show the rest of the family, Luci finds herself enacting the same restrictions and shaming she hoped to protect him from.
Dir. Beth Warrian
Language: English, Spanish