Birds Eye View are having a special screening of Blue Jean by Georgia Oakley at Showroom Cinema, on 10th February. At Birds Eye View we champion and screen the works of filmmakers from marginalised genders.
Blue Jean takes us back to England, 1988 where Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government is about to pass Section 28. A law stigmatising homosexuality in education and forcing Jean (Rosy McEwen), a PE teacher at a secondary school in north-east, to live a double life. It’s crucial her employers don’t find out she’s gay, but at the same time, the secrecy is alienating Jean from her own life. As pressure mounts, the arrival of a new girl (Lucy Halliday) at school catalyses a crisis that challenges her to her core. The feature debut from director Georgia Oakley, Blue Jean is an ode to queer resilience and a reminder of just how toxically homophobic British life was in the not-too-distant past.
You can view the trailer here.
The screening will be followed by a discussion hosted by Reclaim the Frame’s director, Melanie Iredale with Sarah Squires, a teacher during the years of Section 28 and one of the women who inspired Blue Jean’s central character, and Heather Paterson, CEO of SAYiT, a Sheffield-based charity working with and transforming the lives of young LGBTQ+ people. Before and after the film, you can browse a selection of LGBTQI+ / cinema books at a stall from Juno Books, Sheffield’s independent feminist bookshop. This screening will be presented with Descriptive Subtitles (SDH) and the post-screening discussion will have live captions.
Tickets are available from the Showroom Website: https://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/blue-jean-qa