In a new featurette for the Prime Video release Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the film’s stars and crew talk about the real-life story which inspired the new film, which will be available on Amazon Prime Video on September 17.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a film adaptation of the award-winning hit musical from London’s West End about Jamie New, a teenager in a blue collar English town with a dream of life on stage. The idea came from a 2011 television documentary called Jamie: Drag Queen at Sixteen, directed by Jenny Popplewell, about a boy named Jamie Campbell in a small ex-mining town in England building up the courage to tell his classmates that he wants to be a drag queen—and that he plans to wear a dress to his prom.
In addition to the actors, the real-life Jamie also is featured, and he gushes over actor Max Harwood, who portrays Jamie in the film. “I always wanted it to be someone who was undiscovered. I love him, he is a star,” he said.
In the film version, Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition as a fierce and proud drag queen. His best friend Pritti (Lauren Patel) and his loving mom (Sarah Lancashire) shower him with endless support while local drag legend Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E. Grant) mentors him toward his debut stage performance. But it’s not all rainbows for Jamie as his unsupportive dad (Ralph Ineson), an uninspired career advisor (Sharon Horgan), and some ignorant school kids attempt to rain on his sensational aspirations.
Check out GLAAD’s interview with Max Harwood and Jonathan’s Butterell:
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will be available on Amazon Prime Video on September 17.