52 Tuesdays

DIRECTOR: Sophie Hyde

Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award and the 2014 Berlin Film Festival’s Crystal Bear for Best Film, 52 Tuesdays is bold and groundbreaking filmmaking. When her mother reveals her plans for a gender transition from female to male, 16-year-old Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) finds herself forced down the path to independence. She’s sent to live with her father, and her time with her mother is limited to one day a week: Tuesdays. Seeking her own identity, Billie begins keeping a video diary and falls in with two older schoolmates, Josh and Jasmine, adding both excitement and tension to her already complicated life.

Cobham-Hervey and Del Herbert-Jane (James, the transitioning parent) lead a cast of non-professional actors who bring a rare authenticity to this emotionally charged story of desire, responsibility, and transformation. Aussie director Sophie Hyde (producer of Shut Up Little Man!, Frameline35) and her filmmaking team set themselves a challenge for Hyde’s feature debut: they would shoot the film over the course of a year, only on Tuesdays, and in the chronological order of the story (that last rule alone is remarkable in modern filmmaking). As shooting progressed, the actors received their scripts one week at a time, and only the scenes they were in. This unusual approach allows the characters to evolve gradually before the viewer and draws us in to their experiences of change and upheaval.

— Laura Henneman

This film is eligible for the Frameline38 Wells Fargo First Feature Award.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F101

Co-presented by:
Transgender Law Center

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