Films 2023


99 min.
Year of Production:
United Kingdom
George MacKay
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
Production Company:
Agile Films
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

With his performances as Aphrodite Banks, Jules 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 guy out with a gang of blokes. Although Jules is able to recover physically, he withdraws from the outside world, traumatised. Months later, he recognises 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 homosexual Preston in order to take his revenge. Directors Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping deploy a direct style and tightly woven scenes to depict a London of stark contrasts in terms of gender ideology. Carried by their cast’s physically and psychologically subtle performances, their revenge drama is gripping, but more importantly it is also the study of a milieu that avoids social determinism. A compelling psychological portrait of internalised homophobia and a powerful and brave pro-LGBTIQ+ kick against a society that, at its core, is totalitarian, anti-gay and anti-trans.

FILMOGRAFIE Sam H. Freeman (selection)


FILMOGRAFIE Ng Choon Ping (selection)


Interview with Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping (directors 'FEMME')

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