Tucked – Review

Jamie Patterson’s Tucked was one of the stand out films at the 2019 BFI Flare Film Festival. Having also won the grand jury prize at L.A Outfest in 2018. Beautifully exploring themes of mortality, identity, family and inter generational friendship. With its narritive soaring through heart felt performances and direction.

Made across just 10 days in Brighton. Tucked is a funny and deeply emotional character study that never seeks play to stereotypes or Clichés. Offering a unique and captivating snapshot of two men divided by generational change in gender, sexuality and gay culture. Both finding each other through the cabaret culture of a rapidly changing gay scene. Their friendship challenging the notions of age gaps and inter-generational indifference in LGBTQ communities.

Jackie or Jack (Derren Nesbitt) is an ageing drag queen on the Brighton scene. Delivering a mixture of old fashioned comedy and lip sync performances every night on stage. On finding out he has terminal cancer Jackie befriends a new 21 year old drag performer at the club, Faith (Jordan Stephens). With a friendship developing that offers hope and joy in the face of limited mortality.

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Jamie Patterson delivers a truly remarkable film on a shoestring budget. Not only celebrating life, love and friendship. But also offering a deeply emotional portrayal of the end of life, and the regrets and unsaid words people carry. The layered and engaging script, beautifully delivered by its central cast with sincerity and fun in equal measure.

Nesbitt and Stephens give natural and nuanced performances, bringing their characters to life in glorious technicolour. While also challenging inter generational and cultural stereotypes; both actors playing off each other impeccably in delivery. Humour is superbly timed, never allowing the film to get stuck in what could be a tale of sadness. Offering light, humanity and joy alongside the powerful emotions attached too limited life.

LGBTQ themes are explored against the changing generational experience of gender identity, and stereotyped views of sexuality and drag; allowing for a convergence of learning in both characters. Each gaining understanding from the other of the changing face of LGBTQ culture in modern Britain.

Tucked offers a deep and emotional core layered with humour and love. A film that is destined to become a modern classic of British LGBTQ cinema.

Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Director: Jamie Patterson

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