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Newcastle, 1988: Jean lives a double life. By day she is a closeted PE teacher unable to even consider coming out to colleagues and students because of societal stigma. This is compounded by the introduction of Section 28 bill by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government, laws which forbid the “promotion of homosexuality” within schools and other public places. By night, Jean visits lesbian bars where she feels able to be herself with a close circle of friends, including her lover, Viv. When a new student named Lois joins her class and they bump into each other on a night out in a gay club, Jean fears that her two worlds are set to collide. With Lois being bullied by the other girls in her school and looking for a role model, she attempts to become part of Jean’s friendship group, leaving Jean in a difficult predicament. ‘Blue Jean’ is a timely and evocative drama which conveys the difficulties faced by queer people in Thatcherite Britain, made by a predominantly female cast and crew.
strong language, sex, sex references, homophobia
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