Apostasy
The Levelling
LADY MACBETH

Blue Jean

Genre:
Drama
Logline:
In 1988, a closeted PE teacher is pushed to the brink when a new student threatens to expose her.

Development

Production

Completed

It’s 1988. Thatcher’s government have just passed a law that stereotypes lesbians and gays as paedophiles, recruiting children for their ‘deviant’ lifestyles. Female PE teachers are prime targets for homophobic accusations, and as a result, JEAN [37] is forced to lead a double life. During the week she’s a respected member of staff; on the weekend she slips surreptitiously into Newcastle’s gay scene with her girlfriend Viv. But when she’s confronted by one of her students in a lesbian bar, Jean is pushed to extreme lengths to save her job and her sanity. 

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THE TEAM

Georgia Oakley (Writer/Director)

Georgia is a writer/ director with a particular fondness for convention defying, female-led narratives. Her award winning shorts have screened at BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals across the world, the latest of which, LITTLE BIRD, premiered at the 2017 TriBeCa Film Festival and is currently being developed into a TV series. 

Georgia was recently selected as one of six emerging filmmakers on the BFI Flare & BAFTA talent development scheme where she is being mentored by Desiree Akhavan, as well as BFI NET.Work x BAFTA Crew and the 2018 edition of Berlinale Talents. Georgia has a degree in English Literature and makes commercials alongside her narrative work, favouring projects with a social conscience.

Website: http://www.georgiaoakley.com/

Kleio Films website: https://www.kleiofilms.com/

You can watch Georgia's short film Little Bird below:

Helene Sifre (Producer)

Following a BA in Political Science and an MA in Communications from Sciences-Po Paris, and two-years working in development for Fulldawa Films (My Old Lady), Hélène Sifre joined the Producing MA at the National Film and Television School. There, she assisted Christine Vachon during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; and produced three short films that competed at festivals worldwide. FISHWITCH earned a nomination at the 44th Annie Awards, won the Verna Fields award at the Golden Reels and Best Student Film at the Irish Young Directors Awards; whilst Ferris & The Fancy Pigeon won the 2017 RTS Award for Best Postgraduate Drama. Hélène worked as executive assistant/junior business & production executive at Golden Globes-nominated company Filmwave (Sing Street). She then started her own company Kleio Films, under which she's been developing a wide-ranging slate of film and TV projects. In 2017, she produced a 360° Virtual Reality video for American company AMD, as well as BAFTA-winner Caroline Bartleet's second short film, The Bind, for BBC Films. Hélène also worked as assistant script editor for Pinewood TV/Twelve Town and has been providing coverage for the BFI, BBC Films, StudioCanal, Working Title, Anton Capital, STX Entertainment as well as French companies Quad films and Page 114. She was selected to read on the 2017 4Screenwriting Course. Since the start of 2018, Hélène has joined film & TV production company Braintrust as Development Executive but carries on to develop her own slate of projects independently. In 2019, she will take part in the Berlinale Talents lab as one of 250 emerging talent selected out of 3,400 applications. 

 

    

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