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Blue Jean to Premiere at Venice International Film Festival in the ‘Days’ Giornate Degli Autori sidebar.

August 31, 2022

OnSight are delighted to announce that Blue Jean will World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in the ‘Days’ Giornate Degli Autori sidebar in September. Blue Jean is the debut feature for Georgia Oakley, who directs the film from her original screenplay. Oakley is known for her particular fondness for convention defying, female-led narratives; her debut short film “Little Bird” was nominated for best narrative short film at Tribeca Film Festival and her award winning shorts have screened at dozens of international festivals. 

Set in 1988, during Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as UK Prime Minister, Blue Jean is a psychological identity drama following Jean, a gay PE teacher who is forced to live a double life when Thatcher’s government passes a new law that stigmatizes the LGBTQ+ community. The law, known as Section 28, in effect prevented teachers and those working for local authorities from even acknowledging the existence of homosexuality. Although repealed during the early 2000’s, this law’s legacy left a lasting culture of shame and homophobia.

Rosy McEwen, who was named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch 2020, stars as the eponymous Jean in her first leading feature film role. Jean is pushed to extreme lengths to keep her job and her integrity when a student threatens to expose her sexuality. 

With Cinematography by Victor Seguin, Blue Jean is produced by Hélène Sifre for Kleio Films and is backed by BBC Film and the BFI, in association with Great Point Media. Marie-Elena Dyche Co-Produces and Executive Producers are Eva Yates and Jim Reeve.

Post Production at OnSight

OnSight are pleased to have delivered picture post production for this powerful identity drama, overseen by Senior Post Producer Jeff Halsey. VFX was completed in-house by Tudor Colac, and Ellie Clissett managed the conform. The grade was completed at OnSight by Colourist Yov Moor and then handed over to OnSight’s Online Editors Adam Sample and Andrew Fisun for finishing.

Blue Jean will World Premiere at Venice International Film Festival on August 31st for press and industry accredited guests and subsequently on September 3rd and 10th for public viewing!