Q&A with Georgia Oakley at the following screenings, moderated by Ryan Lattanzio, Deputy Managing Editor, IndieWire

Writer-director Georgia Oakley’s radiant feature debut is set in late 1980s Thatcher-era Britain, on the heels of the Conservative-controlled government’s passing of Section 28 (which essentially inscribed homophobia into law), yet it finds painful parallels with the reactionary politics of the present. Rosy McEwen delivers a star-making performance as Jean, a closeted gym teacher who finds sanctuary in the sisterhood of the Newcastle queer club scene and with her girlfriend, Viv (Kerrie Hayes), until a new student discovers her secret and threatens the already tenuous stability of her double life. With its gorgeously atmospheric 16mm cinematography and retro-cool needle drops, Blue Jean is as much a triumph of period detail as it is a moving character study that subtly deviates from the kitchen-sink dramas evoked by its setting. A Magnolia Pictures release.

We’re excited to introduce a dinner and a movie combo with our Italian programming this June, including Scarlet. For $30, receive one ticket to Scarlet and a select menu item at Café Paradiso, located in FLC’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. Learn more here.