7/10 (IMDB)

Blue Jean

1h 37m Drama
Blue Jean
Blue Jean


In Georgia Oakley’s stunning directorial debut, it’s 1988 England and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government is about to pass a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians, forcing Jean, a gym teacher, to live a double life. As pressure mounts from all sides, the arrival of a new student catalyzes a crisis that will challenge Jean to her core. The BAFTA-nominated film won the Venice Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award.


Georgia Oakley


Rosy McEwen, Kerrie Hayes, Lucy Halliday


Not Rated




United Kingdom



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  • "It's so rare in British cinema to see the "L" in "LGBTQ+" up there in such bold type, which makes BLUE JEAN not only a biting look at this historical moment but a riveting act of redress."
    - The Telegraph
  • "The film’s most impressive quality is its nuanced understanding of how political circumstances create different spheres of life."
    - The New York Times
  • "Ultimately, BLUE JEAN is a non-judgmental tale of self-acceptance, intergenerational solidarity and sapphic power."
    - Time Out
  • "It isn’t always subtle, but BLUE JEAN is a gorgeously presented, stirringly performed slice of British queer history that announces director Georgia Oakley and actor Rosy McEwen as major talents to watch."
    - John Nugent
  • "An elegantly structured film composed of clever, delicate movements, every aspect of Georgia Oakley’s debut feature – from Izabella Curry’s editing to Kirsty Halliday’s period costuming – is as restrained as Rosy McEwen’s excellent performance."
    - The Irish Times
  • "Oakley’s film ends on an ambiguous though hopeful note. Usually, this sort of conclusion risks coming across as a little mechanically inspirational. But JEAN is a complicated sort of hero, full of indecision and regret. It’s something bracingly captured by McEwen, who plays her as someone in a perpetual state of fight-or-flight."
    - The Independent


  • LesGaiCineMad, Madrid Int'l LGBT Film Festival
  • Venice Film Festival
  • British Independent Film Awards
  • Belfast Film Festival
  • Seville European Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival


  • Venice Film Festival
  • Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam
  • Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival
  • Leeds Int'l Film Festival
  • Stockholm Int'l Film Festival
  • Cork Int'l Film Festival
  • Sonoma Int'l Film Festival
  • Cleveland Int'l Film Festival
  • BFI Flare: London LGBTQIA+ Film Festival
  • Phoenix Film Festival
  • Istanbul Film Festival
  • and more...