52 Tuesdays

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    52 Tuesdays

    Directed by

    Australia

    2014

    114 min

    • English

    Drama

    Sixteen-year-old Billie can’t believe her mother has decided to undergo gender reassignment surgery. James – as her mother now prefers to be known – has always wanted to be a man. The challenging journey will take one year. When Billie learns that she is to live with her father Tom in the meantime, she feels her own wishes have been ignored. James’ promise to spend every Tuesday afternoon with her is scant comfort. Nonetheless, James tries to observe his motherly responsibilities, while he goes through this change. There’s plenty going on in Billie’s own life, too. Enthralled by a clandestine amorous encounter between two pupils, she joins in. As a trio they continue to explore the parameters of their desires until their search for self-determination brings them into conflict with the adult world. When James tries to protect Billie, their already fragile relationship threatens to collapse. Sophie Hyde, known for her documentary films, makes use of a documentary style in her first drama. In order to achieve as much authenticity as possible, filming took place chronologically over a period of one year – but only on Tuesdays – with the story being developed alongside.

    Awards

    • Best Director, World Cinema Dramatic Competition - Sundance FF
    • Crystal Bear - Berlinale Generation 14plus
    • Else, The Siegessäule Readers' Jury Award - Berlinale
    • Felix Special Jury Prize - Rio IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Tilda Cobham-Hervey
    Del Herbert-Jane
    Mario Späte
    Beau Travis Williams
    Imogen Archer
    Sam Althuizen
    Screenplay
    Matthew Cormack
    Cinematography
    Bryan Mason
    Editing
    Bryan Mason
    Music
    Benjamin Speed
    Sales
    VISIT FILMS
    Production
    CLOSER PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    This film feels highly personal and is never less than absorbing or sincere.

    David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

    A compassionate and ingenious look at transgenderism.

    Leslie Felperin, The Guardian

    A fragmented yet warmly intimate portrait.

    Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

    Sophie  Hyde

    Sophie Hyde

    Australia

    Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde is one of the founders and co-directors of Closer Productions, based in Adelaide, South Australia. She works as a director and Producer making provocative and intimate drama and documentary work. Her work has been shown in numerous compilations and screened on TV, in galleries and festivals around the world, including Sundance, Museum of Modern Art NY, The National Portrait Gallery Australia, Uppsala, Cork Film Festival, Palm Springs, Torino, Frameline, Cinedans, Montreal and Melbourne festivals Documentaries include BITTERSWEET FREEDOM (Director), OK, LET'S TALK ABOUT ME (Writer/Director/Producer), BEYOND BELIEFS (Writer/Director/Producer) IQ One World Award 2009, RISKING IT ALL: INITIAL D (Director), Stunt Love (Executive Producer) and Shut Up Little Man! An Ausio Misdadventure (Producer), which premiered at Sundance 2011 and will be released theatrically in the USA, Canada and Australia in 2011/2012. She has won numerous awards for her short films including Sydney Mardi Gras Best Short Film and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival's Emerging Filmmaker Award and Audience Choice Award for MY LAST TEN HOURS WITH YOU (Director), Best Experimental Short at the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival, ATOM Awards 2009, Brooklyn Film Festival 2010 and Best Work at Reeldance Awards 2010 for the short dance triptych NECESSARY GAMES (Driector/Producer), with Restless Dance Theatre and Best Director award at the World of Women Film Festival for ELEPHANTIASIS.