Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to The Blue Jeans, Georgia Oakley’s directorial debut, which just premiered in the Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival. Starring Rosie McEwan, the film won the Venice Audience Award Giornate degli Autori (GdA). Magnolia plans to release the film next year.
The drama is set in 1988 England, when the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher is about to pass a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians, forcing Jean (McEwan), a closeted gym teacher, to lead a double life. As pressure builds from all sides, the arrival of a new student catalyzes a crisis that will challenge Jean to the core.
“Blue Jeanis is like a beautiful island in the sea of modern filmmaking,” said Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles. “Georgia Oakley has a touch of a master and Rosie McEwen’s performance is nothing short of brilliant.”
“Seeing the public reaction to Blue Jean in Venice was a special moment for our team,” said Oakley. “We are thrilled to be joining Magnolia Pictures’ roster of new voices and working together to bring the film to North American audiences.”
Written and directed by Georgia Oakley, the film was produced by Helen Sifre’s Kleio Films with the support of BBC Film and BFI (National Lottery funding) in collaboration with Great Point Media. It was developed with the support of BBC Film.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia Executive Vice President Dory Begley and SVP Purchasing John von Thaden with Film Constellation’s Fabien Westerhoff on behalf of the filmmakers.