Film Club – Blue Jean

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Film Club – Blue Jean

Where: Abbey Arts Centre Ballyshannon
When: Wed 24 May 2023
Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Address: Tir Connell Street, Ballyshannon, Donegal
Phone: (071) 9851375


Location: Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon

Date:  Wednesday 24 May 2023

Time: 20:00(Doors open 19:30)

Tickets: €7.00(+ €1.00 fees)


Film Club – Blue Jean


Director: Georgia Oakley

Cast: Rosy McEwen, Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday, Lydia Page

Film info: 97 mins. UK. 2022. 15A (IFCO rating)

Long synopsis (less than 120 words):

England, 1988. New education laws from Thatcher’s government threaten to further stigmatise homosexuality. Jean, recently divorced, is now in a happy relationship with her girlfriend Viv. Jean works as a PE teacher in a secondary school, but there she keeps her sexuality a secret. However, everything changes for her after she’s spotted by a student at a local gay bar.

Georgia Oakley’s award-winning debut feature is a moving coming out story and a reminder of the challenges the gay community faced just a generation ago (and, in many cases, still do today). Rosy McEwen is revelatory as Jean. Her performance is restrained yet expressive, and is further enhanced thanks to excellent support from Kerrie Hayes and newcomer Lucy Halliday.

Festivals & awards:

British Independent Film Awards, 2022 – four awards including Best Lead Performance (Rosy McEwen), Best Supporting Performance (Kerrie Hayes) and Best Debut Screenwriter (Georgia Oakley)

Venice Film Festival, 2022 – People’s Choice Award


“An elegantly structured film composed of clever, delicate movements” – The Irish Times, ★★★★


“A supremely accomplished debut feature from writer-director Georgia Oakley” – The Observer, ★★★★★