The film adaptation of Outfest, Los Angeles LGBTQ + Film Festival, West End Show has happily started its opening night with the premiere of “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”.
Max Harwood, the star of the film, said that the dream of its premiere at Outfest has come true. “I’m from Basingstoke, England, just south of London, and I’ve never been to LA before, so it’s absolutely a dream,” Harwood said.
Along with Harwood, the film also stars Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulti, Ralph Inson, Adil Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, Sharon Hargan and Richard E. Grant.
“Everyone is talking about Jamie” follows Jamie New (Harwood), a 16-year-old who doesn’t quite fit. Best friend (Patel) and former Drag Queen became mentor Loco Chanel (Grant), he finally gave it a shot. Although she has the support to start him, she faces obstacles when she is criticized by her estranged parents and school bullies for trying to pursue her dreams.
Jamie’s character is told that her dream of becoming a drag queen is not real. For those who have high aspirations, Harvard offers advice. “Keep going for it, look for people who are going to support you, because you need strong people around you who help you penetrate yourself,” the star said. “I really relied on my friends growing up.”
Speaking about working with Oscar-nominated Grant, who plays Jamie’s confident and mentor, Loco Chanel, Harwood said it’s a pleasure. “He’s awesome. He’s very good, sensitive and generous as an actor. It was the best time to work with him.”
Patel said Jamie needed a supportive best friend to play. “Preity encourages Jamie in everything she does – her love for him comes before anything else. She’s from a completely different world, she doesn’t get any pulls, but she tries to understand, and that’s what best friends do there.”
Jonathan Butrell, director and original producer of West End Show, said the biggest difference between stage and film was imagination. “What the movie has allowed me to do is let my imagination fly. Using a camera in a way that shows scale, proximity, color and production design, ”Butrell said.
The other stars present at the outfest were thrilled to see the premiere of the film. “9-1-1: Lone Star” Ronen Rubinstein, who came out as bisexual in an interview Diversity Said in April, the film is worth watching on the big screen. “I’m excited to see a movie like this, and to see it on the big screen with people. This is the best way to watch a movie that is so beautiful, ”said Rubinstein.
“Good Trouble” star Sherry Cola said more bizarre stories need to be told. “I hope the world will see that these stories are universal stories,” Cola said. “It’s not just a joke for the community, but a story of love, community, family and finding yourself.”
The Outfest Film Festival runs until August 22, with the final film being, “Fanny: The Right to Rock.”