Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (film)
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a biographical coming-of-age musical comedy-drama film made by Jonathan Butterell (in his feature directorial debut) in 2021, based on the stage musical of the same name and adapted from the BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16.
Following a postponement of a planned theatrical release by 20th Century Studios due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie was released in select theaters across the United States on September 10, 2021, followed by a worldwide streaming release via Amazon Studios on Amazon Prime Video on September 17, 2021. Positive feedback has been received for the film.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Release Date
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was originally intended to be released on October 23, 2020, however, Disney, the parent company of 20th Century Fox, postponed it to January 22, 2021. It has been rescheduled for February 26, 2021. However, it was later taken from the release schedule.
The film’s domestic theatrical release was canceled in May 2021, and the distribution rights (except China) were sold to Amazon Studios. It was later scheduled for release on Amazon Prime Video on September 17, 2021.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie had its world premiere on June 12, 2021, as part of the Frameline Film Festival’s San Francisco Pride event. In the United States, it was released in select theaters on September 10, 2021.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Storyline
Jamie New is sixteen years old and lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. He lives with his single mother Margaret, is the school’s sole openly gay student, and is routinely bullied as a result of his sexual orientation. Pritti Pasha, his lone friend, is likewise tormented because she is Muslim. Miss Hedge, a Year 11 teacher, chastises the class for having unrealistic career objectives, preferring instead to be YouTubers and entertainers. Jamie appears to agree with her, but deep down he truly wishes to be a drag queen (“Don’t Even Know It”). He reveals that he wants to be a performer, but Hedge reminds the children that she wants to prepare them for life.
Margaret visits her best friend Ray to ask for assistance in preparing for Jamie’s birthday party. Pritti is unable to attend, and Jamie’s estranged father Wayne informs Margaret that he will not be present at the last minute. When Jamie arrives, Margaret explains that Wayne was unable to attend due to a business situation, and she presents him with a card that she claims is from him. Margaret gives Jamie his first pair of pricey red high heels, which he’d been eyeing and saving money for. Jamie feels dissatisfied by his father’s absence and recalls their tense relationship (“Wall in My Head”).
Jamie demonstrates the heels to Pritti at school and expresses his goal to be a drag superstar. Pritti is undecided about her feelings. Dean Paxton, the class bully, approaches Jamie and Pritti and criticizes them for their differences until Jamie responds with his own retorts. Pritti encourages Jamie that he should wear the shoes to prom and be the drag queen he wants to be, and Dean leaves (“Spotlight”).
Margaret visits Wayne at his new girlfriend Cheryl’s house and chastises him for failing to show up for Jamie’s sixteenth birthday celebrations and for not even reaching out. Wayne then instructs her to quit lying to Jamie, telling her that Cheryl is pregnant and he’s having another boy and that Jamie no longer requires his services. He encourages her to be honest with Jamie and move on with her life.
Jamie discovers House of Loco, a drag boutique where he hopes to find his first outfit. Pritti leads him to the door but tells him he must enter on his own. Inside, he meets shopkeeper Hugo Battersby, who is taken aback by Jamie’s youth. He advises Jamie on developing his drag identity, emphasizing that wearing drag gives you authority, and pointing to a framed photo of drag queen Loco Chanelle on the wall. He inquires as to why Jamie wishes to be a drag queen, to which Jamie responds that it is all he desires and that he must pursue it.
Pritti is told by Amy that being a drag queen entails a lot more than just dressing up. Jamie and Pritti return to the business and inform Hugo that Jamie is in, and Pritti reminds Jamie that he must continue the legacy. Hugo is ecstatic, has a fantastic attire for Jamie (once Jamie can afford it), and arranges for Jamie to perform at Legs Eleven drag club. Meanwhile, Margaret informs Ray of Wayne’s existence, and Ray encourages Margaret to tell Jamie the truth. When Jamie gets home, he informs his family about his presentation and his plans to attend prom in drag. Margaret continues to show her support for Jamie and expresses her pride in him. He suggests asking Wayne, and Margaret says she’ll ask him, despite the fact that she knows Wayne would never agree.
Jamie returns home and apologizes to Margaret for what he said to her, and Margaret apologizes for lying in return. Margaret asserts that he is normal and has done nothing wrong when he asks whether she wishes he was normal. She expresses her regret for Wayne, claiming that he is the one who is missing out. Year 11 students prepare for prom night. Dean unleashes his cruelty when Pritti arrives in makeup, but this time Pritti stands up to him and reminds him that tomorrow she will begin the rest of her life, and he will be nothing. Dean tries to save face by suggesting that Pritti won’t be able to find a prom date. Jamie, on the other hand, enters in a stunning gown at that same moment (but not in drag, as himself in a dress).
Hedge warns Jamie not to show up in drag, but Jamie didn’t dress up as Mimi; instead, he dressed up as himself in a dress. Hedge claims he won’t spoil things for the others, but his students flock to his side. Jamie accepts the decision and starts to leave, but the kids declare they won’t go in unless Miss Hedge lets Jamie in. Jamie tells Hedge that he’s come as himself, the genuine Jamie, and Hedge gives in and lets Jamie in.
Everyone rushes inside, but Jamie comes to a halt when he notices Dean standing alone outside. Dean agrees with Pritti, and Jamie begs Dean to come in and do something nice before it’s all over. Dean is led back into the dance by his hand, and Dean apologizes to Pritti, who accepts. The company honors its collaboration and mutual support.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Cast
- Max Harwood as Jamie New / Mimi Me
- Sarah Lancashire as Margaret New
- Lauren Patel as Pritti Pasha,
- Shobna Gulati as Ray,
- Ralph Ineson as Wayne New,
- Adeel Akhtar as Iman Masood,
- Samuel Bottomley as Dean Paxton,
- Sharon Horgan as Miss Hedge,
- Richard E. Grant as Hugo Battersby / Loco Chanelle,
- John McCrea as young Loco Chanelle.
- Charlotte Salt as Cheryl,
- Ola Jide/Son of a Tutu as Sandra Bollock,
- Gareth Joyner as Myra Dubois,
- Dan Wallace/Anna Phylactic as Tray Sophisticay
- Bianca Del Rio as herself/Ms.
- Layton Williams as a dancer.
- Jamie Campbell/Fifi La True as “Door Whore”.
- Margaret Campbell as the shop owner (uncredited).
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Wiki
- Directed by Jonathan Butterell
- Screenplay by Tom MacRae
- Based on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie by Dan Gillespie Sells Tom MacRae
- Produced by
Richard E. Grant
- Cinematography Christopher Ross
- Edited by Mark Everson
- Music by
- Production companies
20th Century Studios (uncredited)
- Distributed by Amazon Studios
- Release date
12 June 2021 (Frameline)
10 September 2021 (United States)
17 September 2021 (Worldwide)
- Running time 115 minutes
- Language English