In FEMME, with his performances as Aphrodite Banks, Jules (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Candyman) has a place among London’s celebrated drag artists. One night after a show, he steps out to get some cigarettes and is brutally attacked by a man (George MacKay, 1917), 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 his attacker by chance in a gay sauna. Without make-up and wrapped only in a towel, Jules is able to approach the other man incognito and find out who he is. He begins an affair with the closeted Preston, with a plan to take his revenge.
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About the Directors
Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping co-wrote and co-directed the BIFA-winning, BAFTA-nominated short FEMME starring Paapa Essiedu and Harris Dickinson, which premiered in competition at SXSW.
Sam has worked extensively in television, most recently writing the pilot for his own original series with Bad Wolf and HBO Max. Other television work includes “INDUSTRY” (HBO/Bad Wolf), “THIS IS GOING TO HURT” (BBC/Sister Pictures), and “THE POWER” (Amazon/Sister Pictures). His first original series “Unmasked” was sold to Disney.
Ping recently directed a new adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie at the Hong Kong Arts Festival as well as Macbeth at the Bristol Old Vic. He has directed over the last decade at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Young Vic, and is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards in recognition of his theatre work.
FEMME is their debut feature.
Directors: Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping
Screenwriters: Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping
Cast: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, George MacKay, Aaron Heffernan, John McCrea, Asha Reid
Producers: Myles Payne, Sam Ritzenberg
Executive Producers: Marnie Podos, Eva Yates, Sébastien Raybaud, Kate Maxwell, Harriet Harper-Jones, David Staniland
Co-Producers: Hayley Williams, Dimitris Birbilis
Director of Photography: James Rhodes
Editor: Selina MacArthur
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