52 Tuesdays

52 Tuesdays

classified 15

Please note: This was screened in Aug 2015

Sophie Hyde
Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane, Mario Späte
109 mins, 2013, Australia

This remarkable and enthralling experiment in storytelling takes its cue from the title: debut feature director (and Sundance winner) Sophie Hyde shot chronologically, on every Tuesday for a year. Her story focuses on 16-year old Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), whose reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother James (Del Herbert-Jane) reveals plans to transition from female to male. Needing to focus, Billie is sent to live with her father, and their together is limited to Tuesday afternoons.

So begins a year of major changes for both of them: as he transitions, James becomes less and less emotionally available to Billie, who meanwhile starts exploring (and filming) her own identity and sexuality with a pair of drama slackers. A delicate and touching drama, it successfully explores – with great sensitivity and depth – the complexities of both sexual and gender identity and, moreover, the importance of family – whether it’s traditional or not.

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