BLUE JEAN – Review by Justina Walford

Dramas set in the 80s walk a tightrope, often forcing us into a sense of nostalgia, romanticizing the decade even though it was far from inclusive. LGBTQ coming-out films also walk a tightrope, usually stuck in a world of early LGBTQ challenges without showing a character existing beyond the struggle of identity. Blue Jean is both of these genres. Yet, the combination defies the challenges and comes off beautifully as a sincere dialogue and, in some ways, a sincere amends and admiration among generations.

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BLUE JEAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

This is a powerful, necessary film. It is 1988, and Jean is a PE teacher in Newcastle, in the northeast of England. A new law, known as Section 28, is about to come into force under the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher. It is meant to restrict the “promotion of homosexuality,” which means pretty much any acknowledgement that gay people exist.

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