Tucked – Review

Delivering one of the stand out films at the 2019 BFI Flare Film Festival. While also having also taking the grand jury prize at L.A Outfest 2018. Jamie Patterson’s low budget character study Tucked is somewhat of a rare gem in modern LGBTQ cinema. Both directly challenging themes of mortality and age in the LGBTQ community. While equally exploring the importance of intergenerational friendship and belonging. Its narrative soaring through heart felt performances and direction.

Made across just 10 days in Brighton. Tucked delivers both a funny and deeply emotional character study. While never seeking to play to stereotypes or Clichés. In essence providing us with a two man play exploring two men divided by generational change in gender, sexuality and culture. Both finding each other through a rapidly changing LGBTQ cabaret culture and scene. With their friendship ultimately challenging the ageism and divides of the LGBTQ community.

Jackie or Jack (Derren Nesbitt) is an ageing drag queen on the Brighton scene. His routine delivering a mixture of old fashioned one liners and lip sync musical numbers every night on stage. However, on finding out he has terminal cancer. Jackie befriends a new 21 year old drag performer, 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 engaging script of Tucked is only heightened by the delightful performances of both Nesbitt and Stephens. Who both bring their characters to life in glorious technicolour. While equally challenging inter generational and cultural stereotypes. With superbly timed humour that never allows for a sense of overwhelming sadness. Offering light, humanity and joy alongside the powerful emotions of limited life.

Meanwhile, LGBTQ themes are explored against a changing generational experience of equality and inclusion. One where gender identity, and the old cliches of sexuality and drag are slowly dovetailing with mainstream culture. While equally embracing the historical diversity of a gay scene that has acted as protector and ambassador to communities of diversity and difference.

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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