Blue Jean has passed the £300,000 mark at the UK box office- a massive taking for an independent film of its size.
Set in 1988 Newcastle, the film follows lesbian PE teacher Jean as she contends with the damaging restrictions of Section 28. The law by Margaret Thatcher’s government banned ‘promoting’ homosexuality in schools leading Jean to lead a double life.
The film’s director- former Newcastle University student Georgia Oakley- was nominated for ‘outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer’ at this year’s BAFTAs- losing out to Charlotte Wells for Aftersun.
Blue Jean was filmed around Moss Crescent in Gosforth and Grey Street in North Shields last Feburary.
Locations also included World Headquarters in Carliol Square, Whitley Bay Promenade and the Cottage Kitchen in North Shields.
The Oscar winning producer Mia Bays tweeted: ‘So #BlueJean just passed the £300,000 UK box office mark, #Aftersun has passed £1.8million. Testimony to the power of the cinema experience + blinding word of mouth. Big up to the filmmakers, distributors and the glorious cinemas, who are very precious.’
The film has 95% on Rotten Tomatoes and will soon be available to purchase online.