Director: Ng Choon Ping, Sam H. Freeman Run Time: 99 min. Release Year: 2023
Starring: Antonia Clarke, George MacKay, Moe Bar-El, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Nima Taleghani
Country: United Kingdom
About the film:
World Premiere, 2023 Berlin Film Festival
With his performances as Aphrodite Banks, Jules has a place among London’s most celebrated drag artists. One night after a show, he steps out to get some cigarettes and is brutally attacked by a man out with a gang of his friends. Although Jules is able to recover physically, he withdraws from the outside world, traumatized. Months later, he recognizes the man who attacked him in a gay sauna. Without makeup and wrapped only in a towel, Jules is able to approach his attacker incognito. He begins an affair with the closeted Preston, with a plan to take his revenge.
“[A] stylish, commendably uncompromising fusion of genre fireworks and measured, thoughtful character study.”
—Guy Lodge, Variety
About the filmmakers:
Sam H. Freeman has worked extensively in television, most recently writing the pilot for his own original series for Bad Wolf and HBO Max. His other television work includes Industry, This Is Going Hurt and The Power. His first original series, Unmasked, was sold to Disney.
Ng Choon Ping recently directed a new adaptation of Strindberg’s stage play Miss Julie at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, as well as Macbeth at the Bristol Old Vic. He has directed for the past decade at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Young Vic, and has received multiple prestigious awards in recognition of his theatrical work.
Together, Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping co-wrote and co-directed the BIFA winning and BAFTA nominated short film Femme in 2021, which premiered at SXSW film festival. Their debut feature film, Femme (2024), is adapted from that short and debuted at the Berlin Film Festival.See our upcoming films