Source: Venice Film Festival

‘Blue Jean’

Georgia Oakley’s UK feature Blue Jean has secured major sales deals for Film Constellation, after its award-winning debut at Venice Film Festival this month.

The film has been acquired for France (UFO), Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Salzgeber), Spain (Filmin), Australia & New Zealand (Madman), Benelux (Cineart), Latin America (Synapse) and Taiwan (Filmware). 

Further territories including Italy and Scandinavia are currently in negotiation; Film Constellation has previously secured deals with Magnolia Pictures for North America, and Altitude for UK-Ireland.

Blue Jean premiered in the Giornate deglie Autori sidebar at Venice, where it won the People’s Choice award.

Set in England in 1988 as the Conservative government is about to pass a new law stigmatising gay and lesbian people, the film stars 2022 Screen Star of Tomorrow Rosy McEwen as a PE teacher whose double life is put under pressure by the arrival of a new girl at her school.

It is produced by Helene Sifre for the UK’s Kleio Films, with backing from BBC Film and the BFI, in association with Great Point Media.

The film will have its UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival next month, where it will compete for the Sutherland award for debut directorial feature.

Altitude is scheduling a Bafta-qualifying theatrical release for the film in early 2023.

It sits on Film Constellation’s slate alongside Samuel Beckett biopic Dance First, romantic thriller Haunted Heart and Cannes prize-winners Joyland and Harka.