Blue Jean

Directed by Georgia Oakley
U.K. / 2022 / Narrative
97 minutes

England, 1988 - In a climate of rampant homophobia,,Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government is about to pass a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians, forcing Jean, a closeted gym teacher, to live a double life. She is a respected member of staff during the week, and on the weekend she slips into Newcastle’s gay scene. As pressure mounts from all sides, the arrival of a new girl at school catalyzes a crisis that will challenge Jean to her core. Bridging times past with issues that are still current, the film resonates intellectually and emotionally thanks to thoughtful direction and authentic performances. A powerful, necessary film that is both deeply humane and sympathetic. Due in no small part to the engrossing cast performances the viewer feels every iota of Jean’s anxiety.