Blue Jean

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

England, 1988. Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government has introduced Section 28, a clause of the Local Government Act which seeks to prohibit “the promotion of homosexuality” by local authorities across the United Kingdom. For Jean, a gym teacher whose sexuality is a secret from her colleagues, the threat is immediate and real: if exposed, her love life could cost her her job. At work, every sidelong glance, every whisper, and every query about Jean’s private life is a threat. But sympathy from her girlfriend Viv, also feels limited. Out and proud, and part of a cooperative of similarly assertive lesbian women, Viv regards secrecy as a capitulation to an increasingly oppressive system. As pressure mounts from all sides, the arrival of a new girl at school catalyses a crisis that will challenge Jean to her core. Anchored by a stunning performance from Rosy McEwen, this poised and penetrating debut of Georgia Oakley grips like a thriller, whilst exploring with intense sensitivity a period in British history the effects of which still resonate in countless lives today.

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Direction: Georgia Oakley
Script: Georgia Oakley
Cinematography: Victor Seguin
Editing: Izabella Curry
Sound: James Mather
Music: Chris Roe
Actors: Rosy McEwen, Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday
Production: Kleio Films Ltd, Blue Jean Productions Ltd
Producers: Hélène Sifre
Costumes: Kirsty Halliday, Soraya Gilanni Viljoen
Production Design: Soraya Gilanni Viljoen
Executive producer: Eva Yates, Louise Ortega, Jim Reeve
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: United Kingdom
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 97΄
Contact: Film Constellation
Awards/Distinctions: Audience Award (Venice Giornate degli Autori) – Venice FF 2022

Georgia Oakley

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. 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.


2012 Hush (short)
2014 Callow & Sons (short)
2017 Little Bird (short)
2018 We Did Not Fall from the Sky (short doc)
2022 Blue Jean