A lesbian teacher struggles to keep her work and private life separate amidst a growing anti-gay agenda, in this award-winning British drama.
In Thatcher-era England, PE teacher Jean (Rosy McEwen) leads a double life. Closeted at work, she spends her nights with out-and-proud butch girlfriend Viv (Kerrie Hayes). But when a student spots her at a lesbian bar Jean’s carefully compartmentalised life begins to crumble. Set in the shadow of the infamous Section 28, forbidding the promotion of homosexuality in schools, this riveting debut is one of the best lesbian films in years and is more timely than ever as similar anti-LGBTIQ+ legislation is proposed in the UK and around the world.
Content warning: contains homophobia themes
The Sydney screening will be followed by an Opening Night after party in Gold Class. Film-only tickets are also available.
Giornate People Choice Award, Venice International Film Festival 2022
Best Lead Performance, British Independent Film Awards 2022
“[Director] Oakley’s care and McEwen’s intense performance make Blue Jean one of this year’s most impressive movies.”