28.10.2023 / 14:00
PL: Blue Jean
Director: Georgia Oakley
Script: Georgia Oakley
Cinematography: Victor Seguin
Editing: Izabella Curry
Producer: Hélène Sifre
Cast: Rosy McEwen, Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday
United Kingdom 2022
In this debut from British filmmaker Georgii Oakley, winner of four Independent British Film Awards, Blue Jean boldly queers the 1980s to the rhythm of the decade’s dynamic hits, but this cinematic gem resonates, especially in Poland, with surprisingly contemporary topicality. You see, a concerned government, worried about the youth, bans the “promotion of homosexuality,” and our main protagonist, Jane, a P.E. teacher, diligently trains to conceal her orientation, only stepping out of the closet in a lesbian bar, where she ventures with her girlfriend. The tension in Jean’s double life reaches its zenith when a new student shows up at her school. Oakley’s film, pulsating with rebellious energy and featuring the electrifying Rosy McEwaen, mercilessly condemns the homophobic Britain of Margaret Thatcher’s era and cleverly subverts the lesson plan – transforming Blue Monday into Rainbow Friday.
Trenchant and sadly still timely.
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Aside from its smart writing and grounding in real-world stakes, Blue Jean also has courageous performances. McEwen as Jean is exquisitely torn, giving an impressively internal performance that eventually spills over.
Alejandra Martinez, Austin Chronicle
A confident, moody and superbly acted debut feature from Georgia Oakley.
Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
Oakley’s care and McEwen’s intense performance make “Blue Jean” one of this year’s most impressive movies.
Monica Castillo, RogerEbert.com